Wilfred Mibus

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Wilfred Mibus
Minister for Water Supply and Mines
In office
7 June 1955 – 18 April 1964
Premier Henry Bolte
Preceded by Clive Stoneham (Water Supply)
George Tilley (Mines)
Succeeded by Jim Balfour
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Lowan
In office
4 November 1944 – 3 October 1945
Preceded by Hamilton Lamb
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Borung
In office
10 November 1945 – 22 April 1955
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Lowan
In office
28 May 1955 – 18 April 1964
Succeeded by Jim McCabe
Personal details
Born Johan Wilfred John Mibus
(1900-09-14)14 September 1900
Katyil (near Dimboola), Victoria
Died 18 April 1964(1964-04-18) (aged 63)
Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Country Party
Liberal and Country Party
Dora Esther Louise Graebner (m. 1925)

Johan Wilfred John "Mick" Mibus, known as Wilfred Mibus or Mick Mibus (14 September 1900 – 18 April 1964) was an Australian politician. He was a Country Party representative of the electoral district of Lowan (called Borung from 1945 to 1955) from 1944 until his death in 1964.

Early life[edit]

Wilfred Mibus was born in 1900 in the small settlement of Katyil, near Dimboola, Victoria, to pioneer farmer Carl August Mibus and his wife Mathilda Nuske. Mibus studied for the Lutheran ministry at Concordia College in Adelaide, South Australia. He also attempted three years of a medical degree at the University of Melbourne, but gave up his studies due to severe asthma.[1]

Political career[edit]

Mibus worked as a campaign manager for his friend, Hamilton Lamb, who was the Member for Lowan from 1935 until 1943. Lamb died as a prisoner of war in a Japanese internment camp on the Burma Railway, and in his will, recommended that Mibus replace him in Lowan. Mibus was duly elected at the Lowan by-election on 4 November 1944.[2]

In 1949, Mibus was one of six Country MPs who defected to the Liberal and Country Party formed by Thomas Hollway from the Victorian division of the Liberal Party. The Country Party branded Mibus a "rebel" for his actions, and ran a Country candidate against him in Borung at the 1950 state election. Mibus was re-elected, and stated that the electors of Borung had endorsed his change of parties.[3]

Mibus died in office on 18 April 1964. He left an estate worth 38,902 to his widow Dora, his son and his daughter.[4] No by-election was held for Lowan as a state election was held on 27 June that year, with Jim McCabe holding the seat for the Liberal and Country Party.[5]


  1. ^ Mibus, (Johan) Wilfred John, Re-member, Parliament of Victoria.
  2. ^ Lamb, Tony. "From Wimmera to War" (PDF). Australasian Study of Parliaments Group in Victoria. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Electors Cleared Swing Says Mibus". The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954). Vic.: National Library of Australia. 19 May 1950. p. 1. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Minister left 38,902". The Age. 22 October 1964. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  5. ^ McCabe, James Edmund, Re-member, Parliament of Victoria.

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Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Hamilton Lamb
Member for Lowan
District abolished
District created Member for Borung
District abolished
District created Member for Lowan
Succeeded by
Jim McCabe
Political offices
Preceded by
Clive Stoneham
Minister for Water Supply
Succeeded by
Jim Balfour
Preceded by
George Tilley
Minister for Mines