Ralph Jacobi

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Ralph Jacobi
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hawker
In office
25 October 1969 – 5 June 1987
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Elizabeth Harvey
Personal details
Born (1928-12-04)4 December 1928
Died 16 January 2002(2002-01-16) (aged 73)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Naval officer

Ralph Jacobi AM (4 December 1928 – 16 January 2002[1]) was a long-serving Australian Labor Party representative for the South Australian Division of Hawker in the Australian House of Representatives. He served from 25 October 1969 to his retirement on 5 June 1987.[2]

Before parliament, Jacobi was employed in the merchant navy and in trade union office. Jacobi had an interest in Australian Law, and during his term in parliament made a contribution to the Australian Law Reform Commission.

In 1987, as knowledge of Jacobi's condition of lymphatic cancer became known, nearly all members of the House of Representatives signed a petition for him to receive an award in the Order of Australia. He was appointed a Member of the Order in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1987.[3]

Ralph Jacobi died in 2002, aged 73.


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Electorate created
Member for Hawker
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Harvey