Baden Teague

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Baden Teague
Senator for South Australia
In office
1 July 1978 – 30 June 1996
Personal details
Born (1944-09-18) 18 September 1944 (age 73)
Adelaide, South Australia
Political party Liberal

Baden Chapman Teague (born 18 September 1944)[1] served as a Liberal Senator for South Australia from 1977 until his retirement in 1996.[1][2]

Born in Adelaide,[1] Teague was educated at the University of Adelaide and Cambridge University, where he gained a Ph.D..[3] He was employed as a university lecturer until he entered the Senate in 1977. Teague narrowly won the final South Australian Senate position from the then newly formed Australian Democrats after preferences from the Australia Party flowed to Teague ahead of the Democrats. Observers with a sense of irony would have noted that many Australian Democrats, including lead Democrat Senate candidate Ian Gilfillan, were former Australia Party members and the Democrats had initially expected Australia Party preferences.

During his Senate term, Teague was considered one of the more progressive Liberal Party parliamentarians and whose actions included introducing a private members bill to change the system of government in Australia from a Constitutional Monarchy to a Republic.

Following his retirement from politics, Teague served as the South Australian Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement, and was elected as a delegate to the Australian Republic Convention.[4]

He is currently living on a farm he purchased in order to write on the history of South Australia. Since then, he has produced his own wine label and olive oil. He also owns paddocks containing sheep, cattle and an alpaca. His three sons often visits to help manage the farm.[citation needed]

The Teague family is Cornish, originating in Cornwall, United Kingdom, the name meaning "fair/beautiful" in the Cornish language.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Biography for TEAGUE, Baden Chapman". Parliament of Australia. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Baden Teague Former parliamentarian". Parliamentary Handbook. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Ozolins, U. (1993), The politics of language in Australia, p. 215, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-41794-5
  4. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Constitutional convention Delegate List, Accessed 24 January 2010.
  5. ^ White, G. Pawley, A Handbook of Cornish Surnames.