Denver Beanland

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Denver Beanland
Denver Beanland, Riverglenn, Indooroopilly, 2015.JPG
Denver Beanland, 2015
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Toowong
In office
1 November 1986 – 19 September 1992
Preceded by Earle Bailey
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Indooroopilly
In office
19 September 1992 – 17 February 2001
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Ronan Lee
Personal details
Born Denver Edward Beanland
(1945-01-26) 26 January 1945 (age 72)
Kilcoy, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Bank officer

Denver Edward Beanland (born 1945) is a politician in Queensland, Australia. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly and leader of the Queensland Liberal Party.

Early life[edit]

Denver Edward Beanland was born on 26 January 1945 at St Margaret's Private Hospital, Kilcoy, Queensland, the only son of Norman Edward Beanland and his wife Gwendoline (née Runge). The family lived a dairy farm called Avondale (originally owned by Beanland's grandfather Herbert Beanland) located at Mary Smokes Creek, between Kilcoy and Woodford.[1]

Beanland attended the Kalangara State School at Stoney Creek, four miles from his home. He continued his secondary education at Caboolture State High School.[1]

Local politics[edit]

Beanland was elected as an Alderman of the Brisbane City Council in 1976 and served on that Council, including a period as Deputy Lord Mayor of Brisbane until 1986.

State politics[edit]

In 1986, Beanland was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, in 1986, as the member for Toowong. He represented Toowong until 1992, at which time it was renamed Indooroopilly.[2]

Beanland was leader of the Liberal Party in the Queensland Parliament from May 1990 until November 1991, when he was ousted by Joan Sheldon.[3] Although he did not return to the Liberal leadership, he became deputy leader in 1995.

Denver Beanland served as Attorney-General in the Borbidge government from February 1996 to 20 June 1998.[2] He also served as Opposition Spokesperson, prior to 1996, for a number of portfolios including Justice, Transport and Land Management.[4] He lost his seat of Indooroopilly at the 2001 state election.[5]

Later life[edit]

After leaving politics, Beanland studied at the University of Queensland, completing a Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in history in 2007. The topic of his PhD thesis was former Queensland Premier Thomas McIlwraith.[6]

From 2007 to 2009 Beanland was the President of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland.[7] In 2015 Beanland was appointed by the Abbott Government to chair the National Archives Advisory Council.[8]



  1. ^ a b "Denver Edward Beanland". The Family of Thomas and Lydia Emma Kinton Beanland. Denver Beanland. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Despite snaring the seat of Indooroopilly by a mere 200 votes after preferences were allocated, Denver Beanland's political future is still up in the air". South West News. Brisbane, Australia. 24 June 1998. p. 0. 
  3. ^ "Denver Edward Beanland". The Family of Thomas and Lydia Emma Kinton Beanland. Denver Beanland. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Liberals Line-Up". South West News. Brisbane, Australia. 8 July 1998. p. 3. 
  5. ^ "Indooroopilly tenure over for Beanland". South West News. Brisbane, Australia. 7 March 2001. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "Denver Beanland". Queensland speaks. The Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Management and Leadership". Royal Historical Society of Queensland. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Denver Beanland to chair the National Archives Advisory Council". Canberra City News. 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Earle Bailey
Member for Toowong
New seat Member for Indooroopilly
Succeeded by
Ronan Lee
Political offices
Preceded by
Angus Innes
Parliamentary Leader of the Liberal Party in Queensland
Succeeded by
Joan Sheldon