Peter Nattrass

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Peter Nattrass
Lord Mayor of Perth
In office
Preceded by Reg Withers
Succeeded by Lisa Scaffidi
Personal details
Born Peter Christopher Roland Nattrass
(1941-10-15) 15 October 1941 (age 72)
Perth, Western Australia
Citizenship Australian
Spouse(s) Margot (former)
Domestic partner Julie Bishop
Profession Gynaecologist

Peter Christopher Roland Nattrass (born 15 October 1941) is a Perth businessman and politician. He was the Lord Mayor of the City of Perth from 1995 to 2007.


Peter was born to Joyce Nattrass and Roland Nattrass, a consultant gynaecologist in Perth's public hospitals. He attended Hale School, University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in London. He began private practice in 1975.

His partner is Liberal member for Curtin and current Deputy Leader, Julie Bishop.[1][2]

Public life[edit]

Nattrass entered local politics in 1977. His political career culminated in his election as Lord Mayor of Perth in 1995 succeeding Reg Withers. He was elected to the council in 1977. He was re-elected Lord Mayor in 1999 and again in 2003. His term in the office of Lord Mayor is the longest held for the City of Perth.

Nattrass was succeeded by the first female Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi on 21 October 2007.

Nattrass is a member of civic and planning commissions, Rotary, the Western Australian Trotting Association and the Royal King's Park Tennis Club and the Royal Perth Yacht Club.


In July 2004, the West Australian newspaper and MLA Larry Graham aired allegations of domestic violence made by Margot Nattrass, his former wife. As a result, the Legislative Assembly voted on a motion to consider whether he was a fit and proper person to hold the position of Lord Mayor. The motion was lost (41/1).[3] [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Davis, Mark (7 September 2007). "True blue to her boots". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  2. ^ Spagnolo, Joe (15 September 2007). "Dr Peter Nattrass admits he's arrogant, but not mad". PerthNow. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  3. ^ Hansard
  4. ^ David Marr (2004-08-09). "The West in cowards' castle". Media Watch (transcript). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-05-05. "These matters were brought to my attention by the organisers of the conference and that was the Western Australian paper. - Larry Graham MLA to the Parliament of Western Australia, 29 June 2004" 

Preceded by
Reg Withers
Perth City Lord Mayor
1995 - 2007
Succeeded by
Lisa Scaffidi