Political families of Australia

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A political family in Australia (also called political dynasty) is a family in which multiple members are involved in Australian politics, particularly electoral politics. Members may be related by blood or marriage; often several generations or multiple siblings may be involved.

Anderson family[edit]

Anthony family[edit]

Archer family[edit]

Main article: Archer family
  • Thomas Archer, Legislative Council of Tasmania 1827–1844
  • Joseph Archer, Legislative Council of Tasmania 1851–1853
  • William Archer, Legislative Council & House of Assembly of Tasmania, 1851–1855(MLC)/1860-1862 & 1866–1868 (MHA)
  • Robert Joseph Archer, House of Assembly of Tasmania 1869–1871, Longford Municipality Alderman
  • Basil Archer, House of Assembly of Tasmania 1871–1872
  • William Henry Davies Archer, House of Assembly of Tasmania, 1882–1886, Longford Municipality Alderman, Council Warden, Treasurer 1872–1894
  • Frank Archer, House of Assembly of Tasmania, 1893–1902
  • William Fulbert Archer, Longford Municipality Alderman
  • Thomas Cathcart Archer, Longford Municipality Alderman

Barnard family[edit]

Baume family[edit]

They are cousins, the grandsons of Frederick Baume, a member of parliament in New Zealand.

Beazley family[edit]

Bjelke-Petersen family[edit]

Bruxner family[edit]

Burke family[edit]

Cain family[edit]

Chaney family[edit]

Main article: Chaney family

Chapman family[edit]

Court family[edit]

Main article: Court family

Cowan family[edit]

Crean family[edit]

Cribb/Foote family[edit]

Darling family[edit]

Douglas family[edit]

Downer family[edit]

Main article: Downer family

Dunn family[edit]

his sons:

John Dunn Snr's son-in-law and nephew:

Evans family[edit]

Ferguson family[edit]

Fong Lim family[edit]

Fraser family[edit]

Goldsworthy–Chapman family[edit]

Groom family[edit]

Hamer family[edit]

Hawke family[edit]

Hodgman family[edit]

Name Australian House of Representatives Tasmanian House of Assembly Tasmanian Legislative Council
William Clark "Bill" Hodgman (1909–97) 1955–64: Member for Denison 1971–83: Member for Queenborough
1981–83: President of the Legislative Council
Michael Hodgman (1938–2013)
- son of Bill
1975–87: Member for Denison
1980–83: Minister for the Capital Territory
in the Fraser Government
1992–98, 2001–10: Member for Denison 1966–74: Member for Huon
Peter Hodgman (born 1946)
- son of Bill, brother of Michael
2001: contested seat of Franklin 1986–2001: Member for Franklin 1974–86: Member for Huon
Will Hodgman (born 1969)
- son of Michael
2002– : Member for Franklin
2006–14 : Leader of the Opposition
2014– : Premier of Tasmania

Hughes-Turnbull family[edit]

The Hughes family has a long history in both New South Wales and Federal politics.

  • Sir Thomas Hughes was the first Lord Mayor of Sydney, and also an MLC from 1908 until 1930. His brother,
  • John Francis Hughes, was also an MLC, serving from 1895 until 1912. He also served as NSW Minister for Justice and Vice-President of the Executive Council. Sir Thomas' grandson,
  • Tom Hughes, was a Liberal MHR from 1963 until 1973, serving as Attorney-General during the Gorton Government. His daughter,
  • Lucy Hughes, was the first female Lord Mayor of Sydney, serving from 2003 until 2004. She is married to
  • Malcolm Turnbull, the current Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Liberal Party since September 2015, and Member for Wentworth since 2004. He is the former Leader of the Opposition, having served in that role from 2008 until 2009. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Minister for the Environment during the Howard Government, and until taking on the role of Prime Minister, he served as the Minister for Communications in the Abbott Government.

Katter family[edit]

Lewis family[edit]


  • Sandy Lewis (1931 –), MP for Blackwood, Western Australia 1972–1989
  • Tom Lewis (1922 –), 33rd Premier of New South Wales 1975 – 1976

their grandfather

Lyons family[edit]

McClelland family[edit]

McMahon/Walder family[edit]

Melloy/Darling family[edit]

Menzies-Leckie family[edit]

Nalder family[edit]

  • Sir Crawford Nalder was Deputy Premier of Western Australia from 1962 to 1971. His son
  • Cambell Nalder, was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 1987. His son
  • Dean Nalder, has been a member of the Legislative Assembly since 2013 and a minister in the Western Australian Government.

Newman family[edit]

Nott family[edit]

Palaszczuk family[edit]

Pitt family[edit]

Playford family[edit]

Main article: Playford family

The Playford family has played a significant role in the South Australian and Australian political and social sphere since the early days of European settlement.

Thorn/Harris/Hill/Casey family[edit]

Wilson family[edit]

  • Sir Keith Wilson was Senator for South Australia from 1938 to 1944 and MHR for Sturt from 1949–1954 and 1955–1966. His son
  • Ian represented Sturt from 1966–1969 and 1972–1993 and was a minister in the Fraser government. Ian was also great-grandson of Sir John Langdon Bonython MHR for South Australia 1901–1906 and great-great grandson of Sir John Cox Bray, the first native born premier of South Australia

Wriedt family[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography for Chaney, the Hon. Frederick Michael". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "LNP veteran Ray Hopper resigns to join Katter's Australian Party". Courier Mail. 25 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Albert Redvers George Hawke (Labor)". The Constitutional Center of Western Australia. Retrieved 31 March 2006. 
  4. ^ Glover, Gareth – Ed (2006). A Life Guardsman in Spain, France and at Waterloo, the memoirs of Sergeant Major Thomas Playford 2nd Life Guards 1810–30. Ken Trotman Publishing. ISBN 1-905074-46-8.
  5. ^ Cockburn, Stewart (1991). Playford: Benevolent Despot. Axiom Publishing. ISBN 0-9594164-4-7
  6. ^ Mitchell, Alex (21 August 2005). "Carr can't vote on successor to seat he held for 22 years". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Biography: James Guy". Australian Senate. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

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