Candidates of the Australian federal election, 1951

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This article provides information on candidates who stood for the 1951 Australian federal election. The election was held on 28 April 1951.

By-elections, appointments and defections[edit]

Defections[edit]

Retiring Members and Senators[edit]

Labor[edit]

Liberal[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Sitting members at the time of the election are shown in bold text. Successful candidates are highlighted in the relevant colour. Where there is possible confusion, an asterisk (*) is also used.

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

Electorate Held by Labor candidate Liberal candidate Independent candidates
 
Australian Capital Territory Independent Jim Fraser Clyde Greenwood Jessie Ashton
Lewis Nott

New South Wales[edit]

Electorate Held by Labor candidate Coalition candidate Other candidates
 
Banks Labor Dominic Costa George Roffey (Lib)
Barton Labor H. V. Evatt Nancy Wake (Lib)
Bennelong Liberal William Fitzgibbon John Cramer (Lib)
Blaxland Labor Jim Harrison Jim Dennison (Lib)
Bradfield Liberal Hugh Milne Billy Hughes (Lib)
Calare Liberal John Howell John Howse (Lib) Archibald Gardiner (Ind)
Cook Labor Tom Sheehan Roy Hatfield (Lib) Harry Hatfield (CPA)
Cowper Country William Bailey Sir Earle Page (CP) William Tomlinson (Ind)
Cunningham Labor Billy Davies Alan Thomson (Lib) Eric Aarons (CPA)
Dalley Labor Sol Rosevear John Laffin (Lib)
Darling Labor Joe Clark Elson Whyte (CP)
East Sydney Labor Eddie Ward Allan Stewart (Lib)
Eden-Monaro Labor Allan Fraser Bill Keys (Lib)
Evans Liberal Robert Bailey Frederick Osborne (Lib)
Farrer Liberal Daniel Byrnes David Fairbairn (Lib)
Grayndler Labor Fred Daly Roy Squire (Lib) William McCristal (ARP)
Gwydir Country Norman Ferguson Thomas Treloar (CP)
Hume Country Arthur Fuller Charles Anderson (CP)
Hunter Labor Rowley James Ted Fletcher (Lib) Arthur English (Ind)
Evan Phillips (CPA)
Kingsford-Smith Labor Gordon Anderson Arthur Butterell (Lib)
Lang Labor Dan Mulcahy Robert Bruce (Lib) Roy Boyd (CPA)
Lawson Country Alan Manning Laurie Failes (CP)
Lowe Liberal John Burton William McMahon (Lib)
Lyne Country Edward Hayes Jim Eggins (CP) Joe Cordner (Ind)
Macarthur Liberal William McDonnell Jeff Bate (Lib)
Mackellar Liberal Thomas Sherley Bill Wentworth (Lib)
Macquarie Labor Ben Chifley Bob Cotton (Lib)
Martin Labor William O'Connor George Read (Lib) Terry Gordon (CPA)
Malinda Ivey (Ind)
Mitchell Liberal Joseph White Roy Wheeler (Lib) Mel McCalman (CPA)
New England Country William Wilson David Drummond (CP)
Newcastle Labor David Watkins Roy Stewart (Lib) Laurie Aarons (CPA)
North Sydney Liberal Eileen Powell William Jack (Lib)
Parkes Labor Les Haylen Dick Dein (Lib)
Parramatta Liberal John Holmes Howard Beale (Lib)
Paterson Liberal Cecil Robinson Allen Fairhall (Lib)
Phillip Labor Joe Fitzgerald Les Fingleton (Lib)
Reid Labor Charles Morgan Jim Clough (Lib) Rupert Sheldon (Ind)
Richmond Country Alexander Bryen Larry Anthony (CP)
Riverina Country Michael Sheehan Hugh Roberton (CP) Les Kelton (CPA)
Robertson Liberal Walter Geraghty Roger Dean (Lib)
Shortland Labor Charles Griffiths Arthur Downey (Lib)
St George Liberal Nelson Lemmon Bill Graham (Lib)
Warringah Liberal Frank McCullum Francis Bland (Lib)
Watson Labor Dan Curtin Donald Clark (Lib)
Wentworth Liberal Cecil Trevelyan Eric Harrison (Lib)
Werriwa Labor Bert Lazzarini Ian Griffith (Lib)
West Sydney Labor Dan Minogue Basil Mottershead (Lib) Jack Miles (CPA)
Clare Peters (Ind Lab)

Northern Territory[edit]

Electorate Held by Labor candidate Country candidate Independent candidates
 
Northern Territory Labor Jock Nelson Ralph Edwards Jessie Litchfield

Queensland[edit]

Electorate Held by Labor candidate Coalition candidate Other candidates
 
Bowman Liberal Michael Lyons Malcolm McColm (Lib) Mabel Hanson (CPA)
Brisbane Labor George Lawson Donagh McDonagh (Lib) Alby Graham (CPA)
Capricornia Liberal Mick Gardner Henry Pearce (Lib)
Darling Downs Liberal Reginald Swartz (Lib)
Dawson Country George Hyde Charles Davidson (CP)
Fisher Country Geoffrey Arnell Charles Adermann (CP)
Griffith Liberal William Thieme Doug Berry (Lib)
Herbert Labor Bill Edmonds Doug Jeffrey (CP) Gloria Phelan (CPA)
Kennedy Labor Bill Riordan Ulick Browne (CP)
Leichhardt Country Harry Bruce Tom Gilmore (CP) Richard Anear (CPA)
Lilley Liberal Jim Hadley Bruce Wight (Lib) Walter Collings (Ind)
McPherson Country Arthur Fadden (CP) John Rosser (Ind)
Maranoa Country Alfred Dohring Wilfred Brimblecombe (CP) Charles Russell (Ind)
Moreton Liberal Ted Mansfield Josiah Francis (Lib) Bill Yarrow (CPA)
Oxley Liberal Andrew Crilly Donald Cameron (Lib) Frank O'Connor (CPA)
Petrie Liberal Patrick Bredhauer Alan Hulme (Lib)
Ryan Liberal Frank Luton Nigel Drury (Lib)
Wide Bay Country Thomas Wallace Bernard Corser (CP)

South Australia[edit]

Electorate Held by Labor candidate Liberal candidate Other candidates
 
Adelaide Labor Cyril Chambers Thomas Phillips Edward Robertson (CPA)
Angas Liberal John Edwards Alec Downer
Barker Liberal Jim Corcoran Archie Cameron Charles Lloyd (Ind)
Frank Rieck (Ind)
Boothby Liberal Len Wright John McLeay
Grey Labor Edgar Russell Edward Andrews
Hindmarsh Labor Clyde Cameron
Kingston Liberal Pat Galvin Jim Handby Eric Stead (CPA)
Port Adelaide Labor Albert Thompson John Caskey Alan Finger (CPA)
Sturt Liberal Leslie McMullin Keith Wilson
Wakefield Liberal Cyril Hasse Philip McBride

Tasmania[edit]

Electorate Held by Labor candidate Liberal candidate
 
Bass Liberal Colman O'Byrne Bruce Kekwick
Darwin Liberal Clem Foster
Max Poulter
Aubrey Luck
Denison Liberal Mervyn McNeair Athol Townley
Franklin Liberal Jack Frost Bill Falkinder
Wilmot Labor Gil Duthie Lionel Browning

Victoria[edit]

Electorate Held by Labor candidate Coalition candidate Other candidates
 
Balaclava Liberal Arthur Lewis Thomas White (Lib)
Ballaarat Liberal Bob Joshua Alan Pittard (Lib)
Batman Labor Alan Bird Fred Capp (Lib)
Bendigo Labor Percy Clarey Charles Carty-Salmon (Lib)
Burke Labor Ted Peters Alfred Wall (Lib)
Chisholm Liberal Ronald Whiting Wilfrid Kent Hughes (Lib)
Corangamite Liberal Angus McLean Allan McDonald (Lib)
Corio Liberal John Dedman Hubert Opperman (Lib)
Darebin Labor Tom Andrews Gordon Savage (Lib)
Deakin Liberal Gordon Bryant Frank Davis (Lib) Eric Butler (Ind)
Fawkner Labor Bill Bourke Peter Howson (Lib) Colin Kennedy (Ind)
Flinders Liberal Keith Ewert Rupert Ryan (Lib) Robert Hipwell (Ind)
Gellibrand Labor Jack Mullens Gordon Trewin (Lib) Alex Dobbin (CPA)
Gippsland Country Victor Fitzgerald George Bowden (CP)
Henty Liberal Percy Treyvaud Jo Gullett (Lib) Doris McRae (CPA)
Higgins Liberal Benjamin Nicholas Harold Holt (Lib) Mary Kent Hughes (Ind)
Higinbotham Liberal Geoffrey Sowerbutts Frank Timson (Lib)
Hoddle Labor Jack Cremean Jack Easton (Lib) Leslie Loye (CPA)
Indi Liberal Charles Edmondson William Bostock (Lib)
Isaacs Liberal John Bourke William Haworth (Lib) Sam Goldbloom (Ind Lab)
Kooyong Liberal Maurice Sheehy Robert Menzies (Lib) Ted Laurie (CPA)
La Trobe Liberal Bernard Rees Richard Casey (Lib)
Lalor Labor Reg Pollard Allen Bateman (Lib)
Mallee Country Alfred O'Connor Winton Turnbull (CP)
Maribyrnong Labor Arthur Drakeford Stuart Collie (Lib)
McMillan Liberal Horace Hawkins Geoffrey Brown (Lib) Fred Charlesworth (CPA)
Melbourne Labor Arthur Calwell Desmond Byrne (Lib) Gerry O'Day (CPA)
Melbourne Ports Labor Frank Crean Michael Prowse (Lib)
Murray Country Gordon Anderson John McEwen (CP)
Wannon Liberal Don McLeod Dan Mackinnon (Lib)
Wills Labor Bill Bryson Baden Grafen (Lib) Doris Blackburn (Prog Lab)
Wimmera Liberal Cyril Sudholz William Lawrence (Lib)
Yarra Labor Stan Keon Kenneth Bisney (Lib) Ken Miller (CPA)

Western Australia[edit]

Electorate Held by Labor candidate Coalition candidate Communist candidate
 
Canning Country Percy Munday Len Hamilton (CP)
Curtin Liberal John Henshaw Paul Hasluck (Lib)
Forrest Liberal Frederick O'Connor Gordon Freeth (Lib)
Fremantle Labor Kim Beazley Len Seaton (Lib)
Kalgoorlie Labor Herbert Johnson
Moore Country Arthur Hunter Hugh Leslie (CP)
Perth Labor Tom Burke Billy Snedden (Lib) James Kelly
Swan Liberal Harry Webb Bill Grayden (Lib) Alex Jolly

Senate[edit]

Sitting Senators are shown in bold text. Since this was a double dissolution, all senators were up for re-election, with the first five from each state elected to six-year terms and the remaining five to three-year terms. Tickets that elected at least one Senator are highlighted in the relevant colour. Successful candidates are identified by an asterisk (*).

New South Wales[edit]

Ten seats were up for election. The Labor Party was defending six seats. The Liberal-Country Coalition was defending four seats.

Labor candidates Coalition candidates Communist candidates PPP candidates Ungrouped candidates
 
  1. Bill Ashley*
  2. John Armstrong*
  3. James Arnold*
  4. Donald Grant*
  5. Stan Amour*
  6. William Large
  1. Bill Spooner* (Lib)
  2. Albert Reid* (CP)
  3. John McCallum* (Lib)
  4. John Tate* (Lib)
  5. Alister McMullin* (Lib)
  6. Thelma Kirkby (CP)
  1. Richard Dixon
  2. Jim Healy
  3. Joe Bailes
  4. Edgar Ross
  5. Nellie Simm
  6. Cecil Connors
  1. Ronald Sarina
  2. James Fowler

Edward Spensley (Ind)
Robert Anstee (Ind)
Jack Lang (LL)
William Webb (Ind)

Queensland[edit]

Ten seats were up for election. The Labor Party was defending three seats. The Liberal-Country Coalition was defending seven seats.

Labor candidates Coalition candidates Communist candidates Ungrouped candidates
 
  1. Ben Courtice*
  2. Archie Benn*
  3. Gordon Brown*
  4. Condon Byrne*
  5. Samuel Martin
  6. Austin Elliott
  1. Walter Cooper* (CP)
  2. Neil O'Sullivan* (Lib)
  3. Annabelle Rankin* (Lib)
  4. Ted Maher* (CP)
  5. Ian Wood* (Lib)
  6. Roy Kendall* (Lib)
  1. Fred Paterson
  2. Max Julius
  3. Alex Macdonald
  4. Frank Falls
  5. Tom Millar
  6. Jim Peterson

Frank Barnes
Clifford Banks

South Australia[edit]

Ten seats were up for election. The Labor Party was defending seven seats. The Liberal Party was defending three seats.

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Ungrouped candidates
 
  1. Sid O'Flaherty*
  2. Theo Nicholls*
  3. Jack Critchley*
  4. Alex Finlay*
  5. John Ryan*
  6. Frederick Ward
  1. Ted Mattner*
  2. George McLeay*
  3. Clive Hannaford*
  4. Rex Pearson*
  5. Keith Laught*
  6. Basil Proctor

Henry Schneider
John Sendy (CPA)
John Gartner

Tasmania[edit]

Ten seats were up for election. The Labor Party was defending six seats. The Liberal Party was defending four seats.

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Communist candidates
 
  1. Bill Morrow*
  2. Nick McKenna*
  3. Charles Lamp
  4. Justin O'Byrne*
  5. Bill Aylett*
  6. George Cole*
  7. Reg Murray
  1. Jack Chamberlain*
  2. Allan Guy*
  3. Denham Henty*
  4. John Marriott
  5. Robert Wordsworth*
  6. Reg Wright*
  1. Jack Lynch
  2. Max Bound

Victoria[edit]

Ten seats were up for election. The Labor Party was defending six seats. The Liberal-Country Coalition was defending four seats.

Labor candidates Coalition candidates Communist candidates HGJP candidates
 
  1. Don Cameron*
  2. Charles Sandford*
  3. Jim Sheehan*
  4. Jack Devlin*
  5. Bert Hendrickson*
  6. Fred Katz
  1. John Spicer* (Lib)
  2. George Rankin* (CP)
  3. John Gorton* (Lib)
  4. Ivy Wedgwood* (Lib)
  5. Magnus Cormack* (Lib)
  6. William Moss (CP)
  1. Ralph Gibson
  2. Bill Bird
  3. Bill Tregear
  4. Agnes Doig
  5. Ted Bull
  6. Paddy O'Donoghue
  1. Leslie Bawden
  2. Lance Hutchinson
  3. Walter Tindall

Western Australia[edit]

Ten seats were up for election. The Labor Party was defending six seats. The Liberal-Country Coalition was defending four seats.

Labor candidates Coalition candidates Communist candidates Ungrouped candidates
 
  1. Dorothy Tangney*
  2. Don Willesee*
  3. James Fraser*
  4. Richard Nash*
  5. Joe Cooke
  6. John Harris
  1. Agnes Robertson* (Lib)
  2. Seddon Vincent* (Lib)
  3. Edmund Piesse* (CP)
  4. Malcolm Scott* (Lib)
  5. Harrie Seward* (CP)
  6. Shane Paltridge* (Lib)
  1. Kevin Healy
  2. Pat Hurd
  3. Jack Coleman

Carlyle Ferguson (APA)
Robert Salter

Summary by party[edit]

Beside each party is the number of seats contested by that party in the House of Representatives for each state, as well as an indication of whether the party contested Senate elections in each state.

Party NSW Vic Qld WA SA Tas ACT NT Total
HR S HR S HR S HR S HR S HR S HR HR HR S
Australian Labor Party 47 * 33 * 17 * 8 * 10 * 6 * 1 1 123 6
Liberal Party of Australia 39 * 30 * 10 * 5 * 9 * 5 * 1 99 6
Australian Country Party 8 * 3 * 8 * 2 * 1 22 4
Communist Party of Australia 9 * 7 * 6 * 2 * 3 * * 27 6
Australian Republican Party 1 1
Protestant People's Party * 1
Lang Labor * 1
Henry George Justice Party * 1
All Parties Administration * 1
Independent and other 7 5 2 2 2 1 19

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