Trevor Oldham

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Trevor Oldham
Deputy Premier of Victoria
In office
8 November 1949 – 27 June 1950
Premier Thomas Hollway
Preceded by Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Succeeded by Keith Dodgshun
Attorney-General of Victoria
In office
20 November 1947 – 27 June 1950
Preceded by William Sater
Succeeded by Thomas Mitchell
Personal details
Born Trevor Donald Oldham
(1900-03-10)10 March 1900
St Kilda, Victoria
Died 2 May 1953(1953-05-02) (aged 53)
Jangipara, West Bengal, India
Political party United Australia Party
Liberal Party
Liberal and Country Party
Spouse(s) Kathleen Cooch (m. 1929)
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Profession Solicitor

Trevor Donald Oldham (10 March 1900 – 2 May 1953) was an Australian politician, who was the leader of the Liberal Party in the state of Victoria from 1952 until his death in 1953. Trevor was the eldest of three sons born to Arthur and Ethel Oldham, he was educated at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School and the University of Melbourne. He had enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 7 November 1918, four days before the Armistice.

He married Kathleen Cooch in 1929.[1]

Business career[edit]

Oldham graduated in law at Melbourne University in 1921 and practised as a solicitor until the weight of parliamentary duties limited his time. He was a past president of the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and a former deputy chancellor of Melbourne University.

Oldham was a former director of Henry Berry & Co., Hoadley Chocolates Ltd, Ruskins Motor Bodys Ltd, and Ensign Dry Cleaners Ltd.

Political career[edit]

Oldham entered parliament in 1933 as a member of the United Australia Party, he won the seat of Booroondara and held it until the seat was divided in 1945. When the UAP was reformed as the Liberal Party in 1945 Oldham won the seat of Malvern. Oldham served as Attorney General in Thomas Hollway's first government in 1947, and he also served as Deputy Premier of Victoria for 8 months before the Liberals lost office to a Country Party and Australian Labor Party alliance in 1950.

In 1951 Les Norman replaced Hollway as Liberal leader after the party grew lukewarm on Hollway's plan of reforming Victoria's malapportioned electoral boundaries. In a provocative move, Hollway contested Norman's urban-based seat of Glen Iris at the 1952 election and won. With their leader having been defeated the Liberal Party elected Oldham as leader and Henry Bolte as deputy leader.


Trevor Oldham and his wife were killed in an air crash in India[2] on the way to England to attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II . The BOAC Comet crashed near the village of Jangipara a few minutes after leaving Calcutta. At the time a 60 mph dust storm and torrential rain were sweeping the area.[3]

Indian authorities arranged a communal burial of all victims of the Comet air crash in Calcutta. A memorial service was held at Melbourne's St Paul's Cathedral on 6 May 1953.[4]

The Oldhams were survived by their three children, James 10, Byrony 8 and Kristin 6.[5]

Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Richard Linton
Member for Boroondara
District abolished
District created Member for Malvern
Succeeded by
John Bloomfield
Political offices
Preceded by
Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Deputy Premier of Victoria
Succeeded by
Keith Dodgshun
Party political offices
Preceded by
Les Norman
Leader of the Liberal and Country Party in Victoria
Succeeded by
Henry Bolte

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