Don Jessop

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Don Jessop
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Grey
In office
26 November 1966 – 25 October 1969
Preceded by Jack Mortimer
Succeeded by Laurie Wallis
Senator for South Australia
In office
1 July 1971 – 11 July 1987
Personal details
Born (1927-06-21)21 June 1927
Unley Park, South Australia
Died 21 May 2018(2018-05-21) (aged 90)
Adelaide, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal (1966–87)
Independent (1987)
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Profession Optometrist

Donald Scott Jessop (21 June 1927 – 21 May 2018)[1] was an Australian politician. Born in Adelaide, he was educated at state schools and then the University of Adelaide, after which he became an optometrist at Port Augusta. He was a councillor with Port Augusta City. In 1966, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Grey, defeating sitting Labor member Jack Mortimer. He was defeated in 1969, but in 1970 was elected to the Senate. He remained in the Senate until he was defeated in 1987.[2] He had been dropped by his party, and chose to run as an Independent Liberal.

Jessop died at his Adelaide home, aged 90, on 21 May 2018.[3]


  1. ^ "Death Notice". News Corp Australia. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  3. ^ Mayfield, Greg (28 May 2018). "Death of former Liberal politician". The Recorder. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Jack Mortimer
Member for Grey
Succeeded by
Laurie Wallis