Bill Borthwick

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Bill Borthwick
20th Deputy Premier of Victoria
In office
5 June 1981 – 8 April 1982
Premier Lindsay Thompson
Preceded by Lindsay Thompson
Succeeded by Robert Fordham
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Scoresby
In office
17 September 1960 – 20 March 1967
Preceded by Sir George Knox
Succeeded by Geoff Hayes
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Monbulk
In office
29 April 1967 – 24 February 1982
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Neil Pope
Personal details
Born William Archibald Borthwick
(1924-11-20)20 November 1924
Murrayville, Victoria, Australia
Died 31 July 2001(2001-07-31) (aged 76)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Other political
Liberal and Country Party
Spouse(s) Dorothy Alice Hackett (m. 1948)
Margaret Cameron Manders (m. 1971)
Children David, Mark and Andrew
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Warrant Officer

William Archibald "Bill" Borthwick AM (20 November 1924 – 31 July 2001) was an Australian politician. Borthwick was a Liberal Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the electorates of Scoresby (1960–1967) and Monbulk (1967–1982).[1]

Early life and military service[edit]

Borthwick was born in Murrayville in north-western Victoria, and attended state schools in Cowangie and Walpeup before gaining a scholarship to study at Ballarat Grammar School between 1936 and 1939.[2] From 1940 to 1957, he was a bank officer for the State Bank of Victoria, then worked as an insurance representative.[1]

In December 1942, Borthwick enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force.[3] He served as a fighter pilot in England, Italy and Yugoslavia, and received a special award from the Yugoslavian government for his efforts in protecting Yugoslavia during World War II.[2]

Political career[edit]

Borthwick was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly in a September 1960 by-election for the seat of Scoresby triggered by the death of the sitting MP, Sir George Knox. At the 1967 state election, Borthwick switched to the new seat of Monbulk.[1]


In the 1987 Queen's Birthday honours, Borthwick was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of service to the Victorian parliament and to the community.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Re-Member: Borthwick, William Archibald, Parliament of Victoria.
  2. ^ a b Leaders pay tribute to great Victorian, Ballarat Courier, 8 August 2001.
  4. ^ BORTHWICK, William Archibald, It's an Honour, 8 June 1987.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Sir George Knox
Member for Scoresby
Succeeded by
Geoff Hayes
District created Member for Monbulk
Succeeded by
Neil Pope
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir William McDonald
Minister of Water Supply
Succeeded by
Ian Smith
Preceded by
Thomas Darcy
Minister of Lands
Minister of Soldier Settlement
Minister for Conservation

Succeeded by
Vasey Houghton
Preceded by
Vasey Houghton
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Tom Roper
Preceded by
Lindsay Thompson
Deputy Premier of Victoria
Succeeded by
Robert Fordham