Jim Fraser

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Jim Fraser
James Reay Fraser.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Australian Capital Territory
In office
28 April 1951 – 1 April 1970
Preceded by Lewis Nott
Succeeded by Kep Enderby
Personal details
Born (1908-02-08)8 February 1908
Derby, Tasmania
Died 1 April 1970(1970-04-01) (aged 62)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Helen Whitten Rowland
Occupation Teacher, journalist

James Reay (Jim) Fraser (8 February 1908 – 1 April 1970) was a Member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Australian Capital Territory from 1951 to 1970.

Fraser was born in Derby, Tasmania and educated at Launceston High School. He worked as a chainman and axeman and as a teacher in Victorian state schools from 1927 to 1935. He then worked as a journalist until he enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force in 1942 and served in New Guinea until 1945. From 1946 to 1948 he worked as a journalist in the Department of Information in Canberra and then as press secretary and private secretary to Senator Nick McKenna until 1951.[1]

Political career[edit]

Fraser became a member of the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council in 1949 and defeated Lewis Nott for the House of Representatives seat of the Australian Capital Territory in the 1951 election. He did not have full voting rights until 1966; until then he could only vote on matters relating to the territory. He put in time and energy looking after the interests of his constituents. In 1959, he married Helen Whitten Rowland. He died of cancer in 1970, survived by his only son Andrew; his wife died in March 2012.[1]

His brother, Allan Fraser, was MP for the adjoining seat of Eden-Monaro from 1943 to 1966 and from 1969 to 1972.

The Division of Fraser and Fraser, Australian Capital Territory, the suburb of Canberra, were named after him.


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Lewis Nott
Member for Australian Capital Territory
Succeeded by
Kep Enderby