Magnus Cormack

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The Honourable
Sir Magnus Cormack
Portrait of the Hon. Magnus Cormack as President of the Senate
President of the Australian Senate
In office
17 August 1971 – 8 July 1974
Preceded by Alister McMullin
Succeeded by Justin O'Byrne
Personal details
Born (1906-02-12)12 February 1906
Caithness-shire, Scotland
Died 26 November 1994(1994-11-26) (aged 88)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Sir Magnus Cameron Cormack KBE (12 February 1906 – 26 November 1994) was a Scottish-born Australian politician.

Born in Caithness-shire, he migrated to Australia as a child, and was educated at St Peter's College in Adelaide. He became a farmer and grazier in the western district of Victoria before serving in the military during World War II, 1940-1945. He served on Kowree Shire Council and was President of the Victorian Liberal Party 1948-1949.[1]

In 1951, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Liberal Senator for Victoria. He was defeated in the 1953 Senate election, but was re-elected in 1961. On 17 August 1971, he was appointed President of the Senate, succeeding the long-serving Alister McMullin. He held this position until 8 July 1974, when he was succeeded by Labor Senator Justin O'Byrne. He remained a Senator until his retirement, which took effect in 1978.

Cormack was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) "in recognition of service to political and public service" in 1970.[2] He died in 1994.[3]


  1. ^ "State Presidents". Liberal Victoria. 
  2. ^ It's an Honour: KBE
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Alister McMullin
President of the Senate
1971 – 1974
Succeeded by
Justin O'Byrne