Bruce Pie

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Bruce Pie
Queensland politican Bruce Pie 1941.jpg
Arthur Bruce Pie

(1902-05-18)18 May 1902
Died30 July 1962(1962-07-30) (aged 60)
Sydney, New South Wales
Spouse(s)Jean Margaret Wright
2nd Leader of the Queensland People's Party
In office
Preceded byJohn Beals Chandler
Succeeded byThomas Hiley
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Hamilton
In office
Preceded byHugh Russell
Succeeded byJohn Beals Chandler
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Windsor
In office
Preceded byHarry Moorehouse
Succeeded byThomas Rasey
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Kedron
In office
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byEric Lloyd
Personal details
Political partyQueensland People's Party
Other political
Liberal Party
Independent Democrat

Australian rules football career
Personal information
Original team(s) Caulfield Grammarians
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1926 Melbourne 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1926.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Arthur Bruce Pie (18 May 1902 – 30 July 1962) was an Australian politician who served in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

Early life[edit]

The son of Arthur Savoi Garibaldi Pie, and Annie Gertrude Pie, née Miller, Arthur Bruce Pie was born in Coburg, Victoria on 18 May 1902.[1]

He married Jean Margaret Wright at Clayfield, Brisbane, Queensland on 24 June 1925.[2]


He attended Caulfield Grammar School 1916–1917,[3] and played for the school's First XVIII.[4]


Caulfield Grammarians (MAFA)[edit]

He played with the Caulfield Grammarians Football Club, and was its coach on 1926.

Brisbane (QFL)[edit]

In 1924 he was captain of Brisbane Football Club,[5] and only ceased playing for the team when he was transferred, with his employment, to Melbourne in 1925.[6]

Melbourne (VFL)[edit]

He also played one senior game of Australian rules football in the Victorian Football League for Melbourne in 1926.

He was the president of the Queensland National Football Association in the 1930s.[7]


Pie worked in Melbourne and Brisbane in the importing and textile manufacturing industries, and owned his own group of businesses.[8]

Political career[edit]

Pie was elected to Queensland Parliament in 1941 as an independent Democrat, but resigned to contest the seat of Brisbane in the 1943 federal election. He was defeated by the incumbent George Lawson, and re-entered the Queensland Legislative Assembly in 1944 as the Member for Windsor from the Queensland People's Party (QPP).[9]

Pie succeeded John Beals Chandler as the leader of the QPP in 1946, and served in this role until 1948. In 1950 he became the Member for Kedron as a Liberal Party politician, but he resigned from the Party following a dispute about parliamentary pay increases, and resigned from Parliament in 1951.[8]

Journey into Desolation[edit]

Pie visited the concentration camps of Nazi Germany in 1945 shortly after the end of the Third Reich, and published a book called Journey into Desolation (Pie, 1946) after this experience.

Later life[edit]

Following his political career, Pie was a member and leader of several Brisbane clubs until his death.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Births: Pie, The Argus, (Saturday, 31 May 1902), p.9.
  2. ^ Marriages: Pie—Wright, The Brisbane Courier, (Saturday, 18 July 1925), p.6.
  3. ^ Webber (1981), p.310.
  4. ^ Caulfield Grammar School Football Team, Punch, (Thursday, 22 November 1917), p.19.
  5. ^ Australian Game, The (Brisbane) Daily Standard, (Monday, 23 June 1924), p.9.
  6. ^ Australian Rules, The (Brisbane) Telegraph, (Monday, 6 July 1925), p.7.
  7. ^ "BIG MEN IN SPORT". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 6 July 1938. p. 12. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  8. ^ a b c Williams, Paul D. (2000). "Pie, Arthur Bruce (1902–1962)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 29 December 2008 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  9. ^ "BRUCE PIE FOR WINDSOR". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 17 February 1944. p. 3. Retrieved 5 January 2012.


  • Pie, Bruce, Journey into Desolation: The Journal of a 2,000 mile Tour through the Wreckage of the Third Reich, shortly after the Nazi Surrender, John Mills, (Brisbane), 1946.
  • Webber, Horace (1981). Years May Pass On... Caulfield Grammar School, 1881–1981. Centenary Committee, Caulfield Grammar School, (East St Kilda). ISBN 0-9594242-0-2.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Hugh Russell
Member for Hamilton
Succeeded by
John Beals Chandler
Preceded by
Harry Moorehouse
Member for Windsor
Succeeded by
Thomas Rasey
New seat Member for Kedron
Succeeded by
Eric Lloyd