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Chalk, Sir Gordon William Wesley, KBE

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Birth Date: 16 May 1913 (Rosewood, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date: 26 April 1991 (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Parents: Samuel Chalk and Sarah Elizabeth (nee Wesley)

Family: Ellen Clare Grant on 22 May 1937, 1 son, 1 daughter

Education: Rosewood State School; Lockyer State High School; Ipswich Technical College

Religion: Methodist


Journalist, Rosewood Register, 1926 to 1929; Registered taxation agent, 1930 to 1935; Salesman, Toowoomba Foundry Ltd, 1935 to 1947; Australian Sales Manager, Toowoomba Foundry Ltd, 1945; Director, Clyde Industries

Party Positions:

  1. (QPP) Foundation member, Queensland People's Party (now the Liberal Party)
  2. (LIB) Member, State Executive, 1948 to 1950 and 1965 to 1976

Official Awards: In 1972, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly QPP East Toowoomba 3 May 1947 29 Apr 1950
Assembly LIB Lockyer 29 Apr 1950 12 Aug 1976 Did not contest

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Delegate, Australian Constitutional Convention, 1973 and 1975
Vice-President, Queensland Branch, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 1968 1976
Premier 1 Aug 1968 8 Aug 1968
Deputy Premier and Treasurer 23 Dec 1965 13 Aug 1976
Minister for Transport 12 Aug 1957 23 Dec 1965
Member, Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms 1947 1957

Additional Information

Notes: Interests include racing and reading. Served as Premier for the second shortest term on record, serving only 7 days after the sudden death of then Premier Jack Pizzey and before the Country Party elected Joh Bjelke-Petersen as Premier; Secretary, Rosewood and Marburg Societies, Rosewood Eisteddfod, from 1931. Delegate, Australian Constitutional Convention, 1973 and 1975; University of Queensland LLD (Honoris Causa) 1974; Member: Toowoomba Club; Gatton Rotary; and Tattersalls Club, Brisbane. Sir Gordon was a bicycle champion. A state funeral was held for Sir Gordon on 1 May 1991 at the Albert Street Uniting Church, Brisbane

Sources: Image sourced from the collection of the Queensland Parliamentary Library and Research Service.; Queensland Government Gazette, Extraordinary, Vol. CCXCVI, No. 129, 30 April 1991; Morley, Peter, The Courier-Mail, 'Former Lib boss Chalk dies at 77', 27 Apr 1991; Waterson, DB and John Arnold, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1930-1980, (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982)

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