John Armstrong (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
John Armstrong
AC
John Ignatius Armstrong.jpg
Minister for Munitions
In office
1946–1948
Preceded by John Dedman
Succeeded by Richard Casey
Minister for Supply and Development
In office
1948–1949
Preceded by Bill Ashley
Succeeded by Richard Casey
72nd Lord Mayor of Sydney
In office
1966–1967
Preceded by Harry Jensen
Succeeded by Laurence Emmet McDermott
Personal details
Born (1908-07-10)10 July 1908
Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia
Died 10 March 1977(1977-03-10) (aged 68)
Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Joan Therese Josephine Curran (1945-1977; his death); 5 children

John Ignatius Armstrong, AC (10 July 1908 – 10 March 1977) was an Australian politician and federal minister.

Armstrong was born into a large Roman Catholic family in the Sydney suburb of Ultimo to William and Ellen (née Hannan) Armstrong, both emigrants from Ireland. He was educated at St Bede's School, Pyrmont, and at the Marist Brothers' High School, Darlinghurst. In 1934, he was elected as an alderman of Sydney Municipal Council, representing the Australian Labor Party until 1948.[1]

Armstrong was selected for Labor's slate of candidates for the Australian Senate for the 1937 election partly because his name would appear high on the alphabetic ballot and he was duly elected, effective from July 1938. He married Joan Therese Josephine Curran in October 1945. He was appointed Minister for Munitions in Ben Chifley's November 1946 ministry.

In April 1948, his portfolio was merged with the Supply functions of Bill Ashley's portfolio to create the portfolio of Supply and Development and he was attacked by the opposition for the breadth of his powers. Following Labor's defeat at the 1949 election, he became deputy-leader of the Opposition in the Senate. He was relegated to an unwinnable fourth position on Labor's ticket for the 1961 election and left parliament in July 1962.[2]

Armstrong was elected Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1966, but the position was abolished by the Askin government in 1967. The Whitlam government appointed him Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1973 to 1974. In 1977, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.[3]

Death[edit]

He died of a myocardial infarction in Batemans Bay, aged 68, survived by his wife, a son and four daughters.[4]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
John Dedman
Minister for Munitions
1946–1948
Succeeded by
Richard Casey
Preceded by
Bill Ashley
Minister for Supply and Development
1948–1949
Civic offices
Preceded by
Harry Jensen
Lord Mayor of Sydney
1966–1967
Succeeded by
Sir Emmet McDermott
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Alec Downer
Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
1973–1974
Succeeded by
Sir John Bunting