Bert Lazzarini

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The Honourable
Bert Lazzarini
Hubert Lazzarini.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Werriwa
In office
13 December 1919 – 19 December 1931
Preceded by John Lynch
Succeeded by Walter McNicoll
In office
15 September 1934 – 1 October 1952
Preceded by Walter McNicoll
Succeeded by Gough Whitlam
Personal details
Born (1884-09-08)8 September 1884
Young, New South Wales
Died 1 October 1952(1952-10-01) (aged 68)
Fairfield, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1919–31)
Lang Labor (1931–36)
Labor (1936–52)
Spouse(s) Constance Maude Williams
Relations Carlo Lazzarini (brother)
Occupation Draper
Lang Labor MPs in 1935 including Lazzarini

Hubert Peter "Bert" Lazzarini (8 September 1884 – 1 October 1952) was an Australian politician, holding the division of Werriwa as the Australian Labor Party member for most years from 1919 until his death.


Lazzarini was born in Young, New South Wales, ninth child of an Italian-born father and Australian mother, and educated in Catholic schools. He worked as a Draper in Germanton and married Constance Maude Williams in 1916. In 1919 he moved to the Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill.[1]

Lazzarini won the seat of Werriwa in the 1919 election, when it was a rural electorate that included the Southern Highlands, Goulburn and part of the South West Slopes, including Young. He won re-election at the 1922, 1925, 1928 and 1929 elections when Werriwa had moved eastward to include the Illawarra and Sutherland Shire, but had lost the South West Slopes and some of the Southern Highlands. He was a part of break-away Lang Labor from 1931 to 1936. He lost the seat at the 1931 election and regained it at the 1934 election, when it included the Sydney suburb of Liverpool—which was then semi-rural—for the first time and had lost Goulburn. He was Minister for Home Security and Minister assisting the Treasurer in John Curtin's first and second ministry and Minister for Works and Housing in Ben Chifley's first ministry. The Chifley government was defeated at the 1949, but Lazzarini was re-elected for Werriwa, which had been redistributed to lose the llawarra.[1]

Lazzarini died of cerebral haemorrhage in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield, survived by his wife, son and two daughters. Gough Whitlam succeeded him in the seat of Werriwa at the 1952 by-election.[1]

Carlo Lazzarini is Hubert's brother and was also a member of parliament, and died one month after Hubert.


  1. ^ a b c Whitlam, E. G. (1976). "Lazzarini, Hubert Peter (Bert) (1884 - 1952)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Abbott
Minister for Home Security
1941 – 1946
New title Minister for Works and Housing
1945 – 1946
Succeeded by
Nelson Lemmon
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Lynch
Member for Werriwa
Succeeded by
Walter McNicoll
Preceded by
Walter McNicoll
Member for Werriwa
Succeeded by
Gough Whitlam