Alister McMullin

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The Honourable
Sir Alister McMullin
Senator for New South Wales
In office
28 April 1951 – 30 June 1971
President of the Australian Senate
In office
8 September 1953 – 30 June 1971
Preceded by Ted Mattner
Succeeded by Magnus Cormack
Personal details
Born (1900-07-14)14 July 1900
Scone, New South Wales
Died 7 August 1984(1984-08-07) (aged 84)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Occupation Farmer

Sir Alister Maxwell McMullin, KCMG (14 July 1900 – 7 August 1984) was an Australian politician. Born in Scone, New South Wales, he was educated at state schools before becoming a farmer and grazier. He served in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1940-1945, and when he returned served on Upper Hunter Shire Council. In 1951, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Liberal Senator for New South Wales. In 1953, he succeeded Ted Mattner as President of the Senate; he served as President for 18 years, until his retirement from the Senate in 1971. He is thus the longest serving President of the Senate in Australian history.

He was closely associated with the planning and development of the National Library of Australia as Chairman of the Australian Advisory Council on Bibliographical Services, Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Council of the National Library of Australia.

He was also involved in the preparation of plans for the new Parliament House in Canberra as Chairman of a special Parliamentary Joint Select Committee. He represented the Australian Government at numerous international events, including the funeral of John F. Kennedy.[1]

Outside politics McMullin was Chancellor of the University of Newcastle from 1966 until 1977.[2][3]

Whilst serving as President of the Senate, McMullin was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1957.[4]

He died in 1984.[5]


  1. ^ "Rusk Meets Dignitaries at Airport". Chicago Tribune. 25 November 1963. 
  2. ^ The Gazette, 1 (1), University of Newcastle, October 1966, p. 1 
  3. ^ The Gazette, 11 (1), University of Newcastle, May 1978, pp. 3–4 
  4. ^ It's an Honour: KCMG
  5. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ted Mattner
President of the Senate
1953 – 1971
Succeeded by
Magnus Cormack