Condor Laucke

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The Honourable
Sir Condor Laucke
President of the Australian Senate
In office
17 February 1976 – 30 June 1981
Preceded by Justin O'Byrne
Succeeded by Harold Young
Senator for South Australia
In office
2 November 1967 – 30 June 1981
Preceded by Clive Hannaford
Personal details
Born (1914-11-09)9 November 1914
South Australia
Died 30 July 1993(1993-07-30) (aged 78)
Political party Liberal

Sir Condor Louis Laucke, KCMG (9 November 1914 – 30 July 1993)[1] was an Australian Liberal Party politician who served in both the South Australian House of Assembly and the Federal Senate, before becoming Lieutenant Governor of South Australia.


Condor Laucke was the youngest son of a German immigrant, Friedrich Laucke, who had migrated to South Australia from Bremen in 1895. In 1899 he established Laucke Mills at Greenock in South Australia's Barossa Valley.[2] He was educated at Immanuel College and the School of Mines in Adelaide,[3] and after graduating, joined the family business, becoming Director and General Manager of what was now a large milling and stock feed enterprise in 1947.[4]

Laucke was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly in the 1956 election, representing the Electoral district of Barossa[5] as part of Sir Thomas Playford's Liberal and Country League government. He was re-elected in 1959 and 1962, and from 1962 to 1965 served as Government Whip and was regarded by colleagues as a potential future leader of the Liberal and Country League.[3] However Laucke lost his seat to Labor candidate Molly Byrne in the 1965 election which swept the Liberal and Country League from office after 32 years in government—an election campaign in which Barossa, where northern Adelaide urban sprawl was overflowing into an otherwise rural and conservative electorate, was particularly targeted by Labor.

Laucke then moved into Federal politics, being appointed as a Senator for South Australia to fill the vacancy left by the death of Senator Clive Hannaford, his term beginning on 2 November 1967.[6] He represented South Australia until 1981, being re-elected in 1967, 1974 and 1975,[1] and was President of the Australian Senate from 17 February 1976 until 30 June 1981.[7]

In 1974, Laucke was one of the founding members of the Barons of Barossa, an organisation formed to promote the Barossa Valley and its winemaking and grape growing industries, to preserve its heritage, traditions and standards, and to carry out philanthropic works.[8]

On 30 December 1978, Laucke was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George "for Services to the Parliament of Australia."[9]

After retiring from the Federal Parliament, Laucke acted as Lieutenant Governor of South Australia from July 1982 to April 1992,[10] during which time he performed the role of Governor for more than 300 days, while Governor Sir Donald Dunstan was either ill, out of the state or visiting remote areas.[11]


  1. ^ a b "1977 Senate - South Australia". Psephos. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Laucke Mills History". Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  3. ^ a b H.G.P. Chapman (1993-08-17). "Condolences: Hon. Sir Condor Louis Laucke, KCMG". Hansard. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Condor Louis Laucke". Barons of Barossa. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2007". Parliament of South Australia. 2007-04-27. Archived from the original on 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Index of Senate appointments 1901-2003". Psephos. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Former Presidents of the Senate". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Barons of Barossa History". Barons of Barossa. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  9. ^ "It's an Honour". Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  10. ^ "The Governor". Governor of South Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  11. ^ Peter A. Howell. "The Governors" (PDF). History Trust of South Australia. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Justin O'Byrne
President of the Australian Senate
Succeeded by
Harold Young