Kenneth Morris (politician)

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Sir Kenneth Morris
Senator for Queensland
In office
30 November 1963 – 30 June 1968
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Enoggera
In office
15 April 1944 – 29 April 1950
Preceded by George Taylor
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Mount Coot-tha
In office
29 April 1950 – 1 June 1963
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Bill Lickiss
Personal details
Born (1903-10-12)12 October 1903
Brisbane, Queensland
Died 1 June 1978(1978-06-01) (aged 74)
Chermside, Brisbane, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Ettie Louise Dunlop
Children Barbara Morris, David Morris, Grant Morris, Bruce Morris
Occupation Shoe/Boot Manufacturer, Grazier

Sir Kenneth James Morris KBE (22 October 1903 – 1 June 1978) was an Australian politician. Born in Brisbane,[1] he was educated at Brisbane Grammar School before becoming the director of his family's boot manufacturing firm.[2] In 1931, he married Ettie Louise Dunlop.

Morris served in the military 1939-1944, in Britain (1940), Tobruk (1941) and Egypt (1942); rising to the rank of Major. A founding member of the Liberal Party in Queensland, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in 1944 as the member for Enoggera,[1] transferring to Mount Coot-tha in 1950.[1] Morris was state Leader of the Liberal Party 1954-1963 Deputy Premier 1957-1963, and Minister for Labour and Industry 1957-1962.[1]

In August 1962 he stepped down temporarily due to health reasons, and moved to Cooktown where he cultivated legume seed.[3] In December 1963, he won a special election for a Senate seat in Queensland, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Labor Senator Max Poulter and to which George Whiteside had been appointed. Morris defeated Whiteside 50.6% to 49.4%. He retired in 1967. Morris died in 1978 at Chermside, Brisbane.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Morris, Sir Kenneth James (1903–1978)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 
  3. ^ Morris, Sir Kenneth James (1903–1978)Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  4. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
George Taylor
Member for Enoggera
1944 – 1950
New seat Member for Mount Coot-tha
1950 – 1963
Succeeded by
Bill Lickiss