Herbert Pratten

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The Honourable
Herbert Pratten
Herbert Pratten.jpg
Senator for New South Wales
In office
1 July 1917 – 23 November 1921
Succeeded by Henry Garling
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Parramatta
In office
10 December 1921 – 16 December 1922
Preceded by Joseph Cook
Succeeded by Eric Bowden
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Martin
In office
16 December 1922 – 7 May 1928
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Graham Pratten
Personal details
Born (1865-05-07)7 May 1865
Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire, England
Died 7 May 1928(1928-05-07) (aged 63)
Turramurra, New South Wales
Nationality English Australian
Political party Nationalist Party of Australia
Relations Graham Pratten (nephew)
Occupation Jam manufacturer

Herbert Edward Pratten (7 May 1865 – 7 May 1928) was an Australian politician.

Pratten was born in Mangotsfield near Bristol, England the son of Herbert Graham Pratten, a baker and grocer and his wife Anne Rebecca Vowles, but made a fortune as a jam manufacturer in Western Sydney. He first became politically active as an alderman and later mayor of the Municipality of Ashfield.

He was elected to the Australian Senate in 1917 as a member of the Nationalist Party and transferred to the House of Representatives as the member for Parramatta in 1921. In 1922 he became the member for the neighbouring seat of Martin which he retained until his death of a cerebral haemorrhage while addressing a meeting at Turramurra, in 1928. He was the Minister for Trade and Customs from 1924 to 1928 and Minister for Health in 1924 and 1925.[1]

His nephew Graham Pratten succeeded to the seat at a by-election.

Pratten Park, the original home ground of Western Suburbs DRLFC in Ashfield, was so named in his honour.


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Joseph Cook
Member for Parramatta
Succeeded by
Eric Bowden
New division Member for Martin
Succeeded by
Graham Pratten
Political offices
Preceded by
Littleton Groom
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
Neville Howse
Minister for Trade and Customs
Succeeded by
Stanley Bruce