Roger Nott

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The Honourable
Roger Nott
Minister for Agriculture
In office
14 November 1957 – 3 March 1961
Preceded by Eddie Graham
Succeeded by Jack Renshaw
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Liverpool Plains
In office
10 May 1941 – 3 March 1961
Preceded by Harry Carter (politician)
Succeeded by Frank O'Keefe
Personal details
Born (1908-10-20)20 October 1908
near Gulgong, New South Wales
Died 28 September 2000(2000-09-28) (aged 91)
Dunedoo, New South Wales
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Mary Rope
Children three
Occupation shearer, farmer
Religion Roman Catholic

Roger Bede Nott (20 October 1908 – 28 September 2000) was an Australian politician and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1941 until 1961. He was a member of the Australian Labor Party (NSW) and held numerous ministerial positions between 1954 and 1961. He was the Administrator of the Northern Territory between 1961 and 1964.

Early life[edit]

Nott was born at Gulgong, New South Wales and was the son of a farmer. Leo Nott a member of the Legislative Assembly between 1953 and 1963 was his brother. He was educated to elementary level at Gulgong Primary School and initially worked as a shearer and farm hand. He later became a wheat farmer at Dunedoo.

State Parliament[edit]

Nott was elected to the parliament as the Labor member for Liverpool Plains at the 1941 state election. He replaced the Country Party member Harry Carter and defeated the Country Party candidate Alfred Yeo who had been the member for Castlereagh. Liverpool Plains was one of a number of rural seats that Labor won at the 1941 election and these victories contributed to the formation of the Labor government of William McKell. Nott retained the seat at the next 6 elections but controversially resigned in 1961 to accept an appointment from the Federal government as the Administrator of the Northern Territory. This position was often a sinecure for retiring members of the ruling party but the government of Robert Menzies offered it to Nott to force his resignation from parliament and cause a by-election. The Country Party's Frank O'Keefe who had been an unsuccessful candidate at 4 previous elections and a rising star for the party was successful. Nott was the unsuccessful candidate at the 1970 Upper Hunter by election caused by Frank O'Keefe's transfer to the federal seat of Paterson.

Government[edit]

Nott was a member of the governments of Joseph Cahill and Robert Heffron. He was appointed as a Minister without Portfolio in 1954 and between 1956 and 1957 was the Secretary for Lands and Secretary for Mines. From 1957 until his retirement he was the Minister for Agriculture.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hon. Roger Bede Nott (1908 - 2000)". Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006. New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Harry Carter
Member for Liverpool Plains
1941 – 1961
Succeeded by
Frank O'Keefe
Political offices
Preceded by
William Gollan
Secretary for Mines
1956 – 1957
Succeeded by
John McMahon
Preceded by
William Gollan
Secretary for Lands
1956 – 1957
Succeeded by
John McMahon
Preceded by
Eddie Graham
Minister for Agriculture
1957 – 1961
Succeeded by
Jack Renshaw
Government offices
Preceded by
James Archer
Administrator of the Northern Territory
1961–1964
Succeeded by
Roger Dean