Bill Brown (Australian politician)

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Bill Brown
Senator for Victoria
In office
19 November 1969 – 20 November 1970
Preceded by Sam Cohen
Succeeded by George Hannan
In office
1 July 1971 – 30 June 1978
Personal details
Born (1920-12-04)4 December 1920
Melbourne, Victoria
Died 26 June 2001(2001-06-26) (aged 80)
Greensborough, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Unionist

William Walter Charles "Bill" Brown (born 4 December 1920 – 26 June 2001)[1] is a former Australian politician.

Born in Melbourne, he was educated at state schools and then at Taylor's College, after which he became an apprentice cabinet-maker. He served in the military from 1941–1946, and was an organiser and Victorian Secretary of the Federated Furnishing Trades Society. In 1961, he served as President of the Melbourne Trades Hall Council, and as President of the Victorian Labor Party 1965-1968.

On 19 November 1969, he was appointed to the Australian Senate as a Labor Senator for Victoria, filling the casual vacancy caused by the death of Sam Cohen. Brown's appointment lasted until the 1970 election, when he was elected in his own right; his new term did not begin until 1 July 1971, however, and Liberal George Hannan served the remainder of Cohen's term. He was defeated in 1977, when he was demoted to third position on the Labor ticket to make room for Gareth Evans.[2]


  1. ^ The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate: 1962-1983 - Volume 3
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-12.