|Senator for Western Australia|
22 November 1958 – 30 June 1971
23 February 1918|
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Died||27 January 1999
Wanneroo, Western Australia, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Isla Burlinson (m. 1940–1973)
Hanni Zimmermann (m. 1973)
Branson was born in Perth to Howard Henry Branson and the former Ethel May Carrett. He grew up on a farm in the small rural locality of Babakin. After leaving school, Branson worked as a salesman until 1940, when he joined the Australian Army and trained as a machine gunner. He was captured in the Fall of Singapore in 1942. and spent three years as a prisoner of war. Branson returned to Babakin after the war's end, purchasing a farming property.
In early 1955, Branson was preselected for the Liberal Party's Senate ticket at the 1955 federal election. The serving senator he replaced on the ticket was Agnes Robertson, a 73-year-old widow. She switched to the Country Party, and narrowly defeated him for the final Senate seat. However, Branson reprised his candidacy at the 1958 election and was elected, filling a casual vacancy occasioned by the death of Harrie Seward. He held the seat until his retirement in 1970. Branson was an "active backbencher"; his penchant for controversy and apparent unwillingness to toe the party line likely denied him career advancement. He initially stayed in Canberra after leaving the Senate, but later returned to Perth and died there in 1999.
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