Gordon Davidson (politician)

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Gordon Davidson
Senator for South Australia
In office
28 September 1961 – 8 December 1961
Preceded by Rex Pearson
Succeeded by Nancy Buttfield
In office
8 February 1962 – 30 June 1962
Preceded by Nancy Buttfield
In office
1 July 1965 – 30 June 1981
Personal details
Born Gordon Sinclair Davidson
(1915-01-17)17 January 1915
Died 25 November 2002(2002-11-25) (aged 87)
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Patricia
Residence Glenelg[1]

Gordon Sinclair Davidson CBE (17 January 1915 – 25 November 2002) was an Australian politician. He was a grazier and church administrator before entering politics.

Early life[edit]

Davidson's family were farmers at Angas Plains in the Strathalbyn area of South Australia. He was educated in the small Angas Plains School, then as a boarder at Scotch College in Adelaide.[1] He worked on the family farm and was elected to the District Council of Strathalbyn, serving there from 1942 to 1950.[2] He was also an elder and lay preacher at the Strathalbyn Presbyterian Church and joined the Liberal and Country League around 1940. He was initiated into the Freemasons in March 1941.[1]

Davidson travelled overseas to the UK, USA and Canada for almost two years from 1950. He returned in 1952 and married Patricia Emma (Pat) Newman at the Glenelg Methodist Church. They lived in Glenelg for almost 50 years. He hosted a radio program called Presbyterian Corner from 1955 to 1969.[1]


In 1961, Davidson was appointed to the Australian Senate as a Liberal Senator for South Australia, filling the casual vacancy caused by the death of Rex Pearson. He did not contest the 1961 election, and his term ended later in 1961. He was re-appointed to the Senate, however, when Senator Nancy Buttfield, who had been elected in Davidson's place, resigned to take on the shorter term. Davidson's term expired in 1962. He was elected in his own right in 1964, and served from 1965 until his retirement on 30 June 1981.[3]

In the Senate, Davidson had an interest in water management and served on several committees and delegations in this area, including chair of the Senate Select Committee on Water Pollution.[2] He also served as chairman of the Education, Science and the Arts Committee and examined the need for a multicultural and multilingual broadcasting service.

Davidson served as president of the South Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service from 1965 to 1967.[2]

Later life[edit]

Davidson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in January 1981 for service to the Parliament.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "DAVIDSON, Gordon Sinclair (1915–2002) Senator for South Australia, 1961, 1962, 1965–81 (Liberal Party of Australia)". The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Robert Hill (Leader of the Government in the Senate) (2 December 2002). "Davidson, Mr Gordon Sinclair CBE". The Senate Condolences. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008.