John McDonald (Victorian politician)

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The Honourable
Sir John McDonald
37th Premier of Victoria
In office
27 June 1950 – 28 October 1952
Deputy Keith Dodgshun 1950–1952
Alexander Dennett 1952
Keith Dodgshun 1952
Preceded by Thomas Hollway
Succeeded by Thomas Hollway
In office
31 October 1952 – 17 December 1952
Preceded by Thomas Hollway
Succeeded by John Cain
Personal details
Born John Gladstone Black McDonald
(1898-12-06)6 December 1898
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Died 23 April 1977(1977-04-23) (aged 78)
Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Country Party
Spouse(s) Mary Cosser Trotter
Occupation Orchardist
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Imperial Force
Years of service 1916–1918
Rank Private
Unit 37th Battalion

Sir John Gladstone Black McDonald (6 December 1898 – 23 April 1977) was 37th Premier of Victoria (leading the Country Party) from 27 June 1950 to 17 December 1952, except for a few days in October 1952 when Thomas Hollway led a brief Electoral Reform League government. McDonald came to office by defeating Hollway's Liberals, but was himself vanquished by the Labor Party under John Cain in 1952.

McDonald was also Deputy Premier of Victoria from November 1947 to December 1948 under Premier Thomas Hollway.

Early life[edit]

McDonald was born in Falkirk, Scotland, the son of a grocer, and was educated at Carmuirs School. After the death of his father, McDonald and his family emigrated to Australia in 1912 and settled in Shepparton, Victoria where they ran a dairy farm.[1]

On 4 March 1916, McDonald (who was 17 at the time) enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force during World War I, in which he served with the 37th Battalion[2] on the Western Front.[1]


  1. ^ a b Costar, B. J., 'McDonald, Sir John Gladstone Black (Jack) (1898–1977)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, , accessed 27 March 2012.
  2. ^ First World War Nominal Roll Page - AWM133, 34-099, Australian War Memorial; accessed 11 June 2017.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Murray Bourchier
Member for Goulburn Valley
Seat abolished
Seat created Member for Shepparton
Seat abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Hollway
Premier of Victoria
Succeeded by
Thomas Hollway
Preceded by
Thomas Hollway
Premier of Victoria
Succeeded by
John Cain
Party political offices
Preceded by
Albert Dunstan
Leader of the Country Party in Victoria
Succeeded by
Herbert Hyland