Joe Abbott (Australian politician)

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Joe Abbott

Joe Abbott.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for New England
In office
21 September 1940 – 31 October 1949
Preceded byVictor Thompson
Succeeded byDavid Drummond
Personal details
Born(1891-10-18)18 October 1891
North Sydney, New South Wales
Died7 May 1965(1965-05-07) (aged 73)
Camperdown, New South Wales
Political partyCountry
Spouse(s)Katherine Bliss Wilkinson
RelationsMac Abbott (half-brother)
Alma materThe Armidale School
OccupationSoldier, farmer
Military service
Allegiance Australia
 United Kingdom
Branch/serviceAustralian Imperial Force (1915)
British Army (1915–19)
Battles/warsFirst World War
AwardsOfficer of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

Joseph Palmer Abbott OBE, MC (18 October 1891 – 7 May 1965) was an Australian politician.

Early life and career[edit]

Abbott was born in North Sydney, New South Wales, son of Joseph Palmer Abbott, and educated at The Armidale School and the University of Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1913. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in February 1915 and served at Gallipoli. He was invalidated to England in October 1915 where he was discharged from the AIF so that he could join the Royal Field Artillery of the British Army in December 1915. In September 1918, he was awarded a Military Cross on the Western Front for putting out a fire. After the war, he became a farmer near Wingen and in 1924, he married Katherine Bliss Wilkinson. He became president of the Graziers' Association of New South Wales in 1935 and was president of the Graziers' Federal Council of Australia in 1937 and 1938.[1]

Political career[edit]

Abbott was elected as a Country Party member for the Australian House of Representatives seat of New England in the 1940 election. He was appointed to the new portfolio of Home Security in the Menzies ministry in June 1941 and was responsible for civil defence until the fall of the Fadden government in November 1941. In 1942 he was appointed chairman of the Administrative Planning Committee, which was responsible for organising supplies for the United States forces in Australia during World War II. He retired from parliament prior to the 1949 election.[1]

Abbott was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1951. He died in the Sydney suburb of Camperdown, New South Wales and was survived by his wife and a son.[1] One of his half-brothers, Mac Abbott, was the member for Upper Hunter in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1913 to 1918 and a Senator from 1935 to 1941.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Tsokhas, Kosmas (1993). "Abbott, Joseph Palmer (Joe) (1891–1965)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Mr Macartney Abbott (1877–1960)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
Political offices
New title Minister for Home Security
Succeeded by
Bert Lazzarini
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Victor Thompson
Member for New England
Succeeded by
David Drummond