Denham Henty

Sir (Norman Henry) Denham Henty, KBE (13 October 1903 9 May 1978) was an Australian politician.

Sir Denham Henty

Senator for Tasmania
In office
1 July 1950  30 June 1968
Personal details
Born(1903-10-13)13 October 1903
Longford, Tasmania
Died9 May 1978(1978-05-09) (aged 74)
Political partyLiberal

Henty was born in Longford, Tasmania and educated at Launceston Church Grammar School. He left school at fourteen to work in his fathers wholesale business. In March 1930 he married Faith Gordon Spotswood and they subsequently had three sons and a daughter. He served as an alderman on Launceston City Council from 1943 to 1951 and was mayor from 1948 to 1949.[1]

Henty was elected to the Senate of Australia at the 1949 election, representing the Liberal Party and served until his retirement in June 1968.[2] He served as Minister for Customs and Excise from October 1956 to June 1964. In 1960 he prohibited the export of Australian native fauna for commercial purposes.[1] From June 1964 to January 1966, he was Minister for Civil Aviation and he was then Minister for Supply until February 1968. He was knighted in 1968 for parliamentary service. The Denham Henty Waterscape in Launceston's Civic Square is named in his honour.


  1. Chapman, R. J. K. (1996). "Henty, Sir Norman Henry Denham (1903 - 1978)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  2. "Members of the Senate since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Osborne
Minister for Customs and Excise
Succeeded by
Ken Anderson
Preceded by
Shane Paltridge
Minister for Civil Aviation
Succeeded by
Reginald Swartz
Preceded by
Allen Fairhall
Minister for Supply
Succeeded by
Ken Anderson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Shane Paltridge
Leader of the Liberal Party in the Senate
Succeeded by
John Gorton

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