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Bulcock, Hon Frank William

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Birth Date: 6 June 1892 (Horsham, Victoria, Australia)

Death Date: 19 January 1973 (Mount Nebo, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Thomas Bulcock and Eliza Mackay (nee Grove)

Family: Florence Violet Edwards on 25 December 1917 at Beecroft, Sydney, 2 daughters

Education: Mount Arapiles State School; Sydney Technical College (agriculture and veterinary science); Wagga Wagga Experiment Farm (Dept of Agriculture bursary)

Religion: Presbyterian


Member, Scarce Commoditities Committee, Washington, USA, 1953; Agricultural Counsellor, High Commission, London, 1952 to 1959; Director-General of Agriculture, 1942 to 1952; Registered Veterinary Surgeon, 1940; Organiser, Australian Workers Union, Western Queensland

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Barcoo 20 Dec 1919 15 Dec 1942 By-election

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Delegate, South African Study tour 1939
Secretary for Agriculture and Stock 17 Jun 1932 15 Dec 1942

Additional Information

Notes: Member, Australian Agricultural Council. Life Member, Royal Agricultural Society, England. Mr Bulcock was awarded a Royal Society of Arts Medal in London in 1956 for a paper on Australian pastoral industries. Mr Bulcock once tabled in parliament over 150 regulations in a single day and piloted 72 bills through the House in his career as minister. He helped to establish a Chair of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland, the Tropical Research Station at South Johnstone, North Queensland, and the Milk Board. He promoted tropical grasses and legumes, accelerated research on the tick problem, improved operations of marketing boards, introduced legislation to stabilise the dairying industry and reorganised the Agricultural Bank. President, Queensland Council of Agriculture, 1932 to 1942. Founding Member, Commonwealth Agricultural Council, 1933 to 1942. In 1953, during his time as liaison officer between the Australian and United Kingdom departments of agriculture, he led the Australian delegation to the second and third sessions of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation at Copenhagen and Geneva. On his death, his daughter Miss Andrew-Bulcock said she was 'shocked and disgusted' that the government had not arranged a state funeral for her father. After this appeared in the paper, Premier Bjelke-Petersen reviewed the matter and agreed that the government would pay the funeral expenses

Sources: Image courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg:193202; Lack, Clem, Three Decades of Queensland Political History, 1929-1960 (Brisbane: Government Printer, 1962); Ritchie, J., Australian Dictionary of Biography, V.13: 1940-1980, A-DE, p. 292-293 (Melbourne, Vic: Melbourne University Press); Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

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