|29th Premier of Queensland|
17 January 1968 – 31 July 1968
|Preceded by||Frank Nicklin|
|Succeeded by||Gordon Chalk|
|Born||Jack Charles Allan Pizzey
2 February 1911
Childers, Queensland, Australia
|Died||31 July 1968
Chermside, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Political party||Country Party|
|Spouse(s)||Mabel Audrey Kingston|
|Children||John Pizzey http://www.scientasip.com/ , Judy Sale|
|Alma mater||University of Queensland|
|Service/branch||Australian Imperial Force|
|Years of service||1940 – 1945|
|Unit||5th Field Regiment|
Jack Charles Allan Pizzey (2 February 1911 – 31 July 1968) was a Queensland Country Party politician. He was Premier of Queensland, in a coalition with the Liberal Party, from 17 January 1968 until his death on 31 July that year.
Early life and sporting career
Pizzey was born in Childers, Queensland in 1911 to John Thomas Pizzey and his second wife Ellen Elliott, née Brand. He was educated at Childers State School, Maryborough Central Boys' School, and Bundaberg High School. He was a student teacher at Bundaberg South State School in 1927, and taught at the Childers State School (from 1932) and Leichhardt Street State School (from 1935).
Involved in tennis and rugby union as a youth, Pizzey excelled in cricket and was selected for the Queensland Colts cricket team in 1929. In 1931, he was selected to represent Queensland in the Sheffield Shield against Victoria, but the match was cancelled due to rain and Pizzey was unable to represent the state.
On 15 July 1940, Pizzey was mobilised in the Citizens Military Force militia reserve unit as a gunner. Reaching the rank of Captain, he transferred to the Second Australian Imperial Force where he served during World War II in Australia as a quartermaster in the 5th Field Regiment until his discharge on 25 January 1945. As he was stationed in Australia, Pizzey continued his education, studying a Bachelor of Arts (1942) at the University of Queensland.
Following his discharge from the AIF, Pizzey returned to teaching, and by 1946 was involved in administration at the Queensland Board of Adult Education. He resigned from the Department of Public Instruction in 1949 and became involved in representing the interests of sugar cane farmers as manager of the Childers Cane Farmers' Co-Operative and secretary to the Isis District Cane Growers' Executive. This representative role encouraged Pizzey to run for parliament, and in 1950 he won the safe Country Party seat of Isis in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.
In 1957, a split in the Australian Labor Party's Queensland branch brought down the Labor government, forcing an election. The Country-Liberal Party Coalition won a sweeping victory, its first in 22 years. With his educational background, Pizzey was appointed Minister for Education in Frank Nicklin's cabinet, and retained this job for more than a decade. He was also deputy leader of the Country Party, but he took other concurrent roles also: he held the portfolios of migration (1960–68), Aboriginal and Islander affairs (1962–68) and police (1962–68). As education minister, Pizzey presided over a period of unprecedented growth, particularly in secondary education, and played a key role in establishing Queensland's second university, James Cook University in Townsville in 1961. He was praised for his focus on secondary schooling, although his sweeping intervention in education matters was considered to have led to Brisbane's first teachers' strike in 1968.
Nicklin retired as Premier and party leader on 17 January 1968, and Pizzey succeeded him in both posts. Just over six months after his appointment, Pizzey died suddenly, in Brisbane, of a myocardial infarction. He was succeeded for a week by the Leader of the Liberal Party and Deputy Premier, Sir Gordon Chalk, until the Country Party chose its new leader, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
- Paul D. Williams, 'Pizzey, Jack Charles Allan (1911 - 1968)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16, Melbourne University Press, 2002, pp 9-10.
- Pizzey, Jack Charles Allan, World War Two Nominal Roll, Australian Army.
- Jack C.A. Pizzey, Minister for Education (1957-1968), Government of Queensland.
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