List of Australian Prime Ministers by age

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Living as of May 2017
Prime Minister Date of birth Prime Minister
Bob Hawke (1929-12-09) 9 December 1929 (age 87) 1983–1991
John Howard (1939-07-26) 26 July 1939 (age 77) 1996–2007
Paul Keating (1944-01-18) 18 January 1944 (age 73) 1991–1996
Malcolm Turnbull (1954-10-24) 24 October 1954 (age 62) 2015–
Kevin Rudd (1957-09-21) 21 September 1957 (age 59) 2007–2010/2013
Tony Abbott (1957-11-04) 4 November 1957 (age 59) 2013–2015
Julia Gillard (1961-09-29) 29 September 1961 (age 55) 2010–2013


This is a list of Prime Ministers of Australia by age, including when they were born, what age they were when they were appointed Prime Minister, what age were they when they left the office and the age at which they died, or their current age as of 22 May 2017 if they are still alive. The table can be sorted by each different category.

The date of appointment as Prime Minister is the date on which they were sworn in by the Governor-General for their first term. The day on which they departed office is the final day of their final term. This is either the day a new Prime Minister was appointed or their date of death if they died whilst in office.

Overview[edit]

The median age of a Prime Minister on the first day of their first term is 53 years, 33 days, which falls between James Scullin and Billy Hughes. The youngest person to assume the office was Chris Watson (age 37 years, 18 days). The oldest person to assume office was John McEwen (age 67 years, 265 days).

The oldest living former Prime Minister is Bob Hawke, born 9 December 1929 (age 87 years, 164 days). The youngest living former Prime Minister is Julia Gillard, born 29 September 1961 (age 55 years, 235 days).

The longest-lived Prime Minister was Gough Whitlam who died on 21 October 2014 at the age of 98. Frank Forde was the second longest-lived Prime Minister, at the age of 92 years, 194 days. Whitlam surpassed Forde's lifespan on 21 January 2009. The oldest living Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, will tie Whitlam if he lives to 21 March 2028. The shortest-lived Prime Minister was Harold Holt, at the age of 59 years, 134 days (See footnote below explaining his disappearance).

#
Prime Minister
Date of birth
Start date
of (first) term
Age at beginning
of (first) term
End date
of (final) term
Total time in
office
Date of death
Lifespan
1 Barton, EdmundEdmund Barton 18 January 1849 1 January 1901 (1901-01-01) 51 years, 348 days 24 September 1903 (1903-09-24) 00,996996 days 7 January 1920 25,920 days (70 years, 354 days)
2 Deakin, AlfredAlfred Deakin 3 August 1856 24 September 1903 (1903-09-24) 47 years, 52 days 29 April 1910 (1910-04-29) 01,7581,774 days 7 October 1919 23,074 days (63 years, 65 days)
3 Watson, ChrisChris Watson 9 April 1867 27 April 1904 (1904-04-27) 37 years, 18 days 18 August 1904 (1904-08-18) 00,113113 days 18 November 1941 27,251 days (74 years, 223 days)
4 Reid, GeorgeGeorge Reid 25 February 1845 18 August 1904 (1904-08-18) 59 years, 175 days 5 July 1905 (1905-07-05) 00,321321 days 12 September 1918 26,861 days (73 years, 199 days)
5 Fisher, AndrewAndrew Fisher 29 August 1862 13 November 1908 (1908-11-13) 46 years, 76 days 27 October 1915 (1915-10-27) 01,7581,758 days 22 October 1928 24,160 days (66 years, 54 days)
6 Cook, JosephJoseph Cook 7 December 1860 24 June 1913 (1913-06-24) 52 years, 199 days 17 September 1914 (1914-09-17) 00,450450 days 30 July 1947 31,645 days (86 years, 235 days)
7 Hughes, BillyBilly Hughes 25 September 1862 27 October 1915 (1915-10-27) 53 years, 32 days 9 February 1923 (1923-02-09) 02,6622,662 days 28 October 1952 32,905 days (90 years, 33 days)
8 Bruce, StanleyStanley Bruce 15 April 1883 9 February 1923 (1923-02-09) 39 years, 300 days 22 October 1929 (1929-10-22) 02,4472,447 days 25 August 1967 30,812 days (84 years, 132 days)
9 Scullin, JamesJames Scullin 18 September 1876 22 October 1929 (1929-10-22) 53 years, 34 days 6 January 1932 (1932-01-06) 00,806806 days 28 January 1953 27,890 days (76 years, 132 days)
10 Lyons, JosephJoseph Lyons 15 September 1879 6 January 1932 (1932-01-06) 52 years, 113 days 7 April 1939 (1939-04-07)[1] 02,6482,648 days 7 April 1939 21,753 days (59 years, 204 days)
11 Page, EarleEarle Page 8 August 1880 7 April 1939 (1939-04-07) 58 years, 242 days 26 April 1939 (1939-04-26) 00,01919 days 20 December 1961 29,718 days (81 years, 134 days)
12 Menzies, RobertRobert Menzies 20 December 1894 26 April 1939 (1939-04-26) 44 years, 127 days 26 January 1966 (1966-01-26) 06,7356,735 days 15 May 1978 30,461 days (83 years, 146 days)
13 Fadden, ArthurArthur Fadden 13 April 1894 29 August 1941 (1941-08-29) 47 years, 138 days 7 October 1941 (1941-10-07) 00,03939 days 21 April 1973 28,862 days (79 years, 8 days)
14 Curtin, JohnJohn Curtin 8 January 1885 7 October 1941 (1941-10-07) 56 years, 272 days 5 July 1945 (1945-07-05)[1] 01,3671,367 days 5 July 1945 22,092 days (60 years, 178 days)
15 Forde, FrankFrank Forde 18 July 1890 6 July 1945 (1945-07-06) 54 years, 353 days 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13) 00,0077 days 28 January 1983 33,796 days (92 years, 194 days)
16 Chifley, BenBen Chifley 22 September 1885 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13) 59 years, 294 days 19 December 1949 (1949-12-19) 01,6201,620 days 13 June 1951 24,004 days (65 years, 264 days)
17 Holt, HaroldHarold Holt 5 August 1908 26 January 1966 (1966-01-26) 57 years, 174 days 19 December 1967 (1967-12-19)[2] 00,690690 days 17 December 1967[3] 21,683 days (59 years, 134 days)
18 McEwen, JohnJohn McEwen 29 March 1900 19 December 1967 (1967-12-19) 67 years, 265 days 10 January 1968 (1968-01-10) 00,02222 days 20 November 1980 29,456 days (80 years, 236 days)
19 Gorton, JohnJohn Gorton 9 September 1911 10 January 1968 (1968-01-10) 56 years, 123 days 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 01,1551,155 days 19 May 2002 33,125 days (90 years, 252 days)
20 McMahon, WilliamWilliam McMahon 23 February 1908 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 63 years, 15 days 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 00,636636 days 31 March 1988 29,257 days (80 years, 37 days)
21 Whitlam, GoughGough Whitlam 11 July 1916 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 56 years, 147 days 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 01,0711,071 days 21 October 2014 35,896 days (98 years, 102 days)
22 Fraser, MalcolmMalcolm Fraser 21 May 1930 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 45 years, 174 days 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 02,6772,677 days 20 March 2015 30,984 days (84 years, 303 days)
23 Hawke, BobBob Hawke 9 December 1929 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 53 years, 92 days 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 03,2063,206 days 2017-05-22 31,941 days (87 years, 164 days)
24 Keating, PaulPaul Keating 18 January 1944 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 47 years, 336 days 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 01,5431,543 days 2017-05-22 26,788 days (73 years, 124 days)
25 Howard, JohnJohn Howard 26 July 1939 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 56 years, 229 days 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 04,2844,284 days 2017-05-22 28,425 days (77 years, 300 days)
26 Rudd, KevinKevin Rudd 21 September 1957 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 50 years, 73 days 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 01,0171,017 days 2017-05-22 21,793 days (59 years, 243 days)
27 Gillard, JuliaJulia Gillard 29 September 1961 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 48 years, 268 days 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 01,0991,099 days 2017-05-22 20,324 days (55 years, 235 days)
28 Abbott, TonyTony Abbott 4 November 1957 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 55 years, 318 days 15 September 2015 00,727727 days 2017-05-22 21,749 days (59 years, 199 days)
29 Turnbull, MalcolmMalcolm Turnbull 24 October 1954 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 60 years, 326 days 00,615615 days 2017-05-22 22,856 days (62 years, 210 days)
# Prime Minister Date of birth Start date
of (first) term
Age at beginning
of (first) term
End date
of (final) term
Total time
in office
Date of death Lifespan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Died in office on this date.
  2. ^ On 17 December 1967, Holt disappeared while swimming in the ocean. On 19 December, it was announced he was presumed drowned, and his commission as Prime Minister was withdrawn on that date.
  3. ^ Presumed date of death (see note above about Holt).

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