Jock Nelson

John Norman "Jock" Nelson (28 May 1908 20 June 1991) was an Australian politician. Born in Bundaberg, Queensland, he was the son of politician Harold Nelson.[1] Jock Nelson was educated at state schools in Darwin before becoming a jackeroo and goldminer, and later a bore contractor at Alice Springs. After serving in the military from 1942 to 1945, he became a pastoralist. In 1949, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Northern Territory, defeating the sitting independent, Adair Blain. At this time, the member for Northern Territory could only vote on matters relating to the Territory itself. In 1963, he was re-elected unopposed, the last occasion when a member was returned to the House of Representatives in this fashion. He retired in 1966, an occasion used by the Country Party to take the seat. Nelson returned to pastoralism and served as the first Mayor of Alice Springs (1971 - 1973) before he stepped down[2] to become the Administrator of the Northern Territory (1973–1975) before his death in 1991.[3]

Jock Nelson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Northern Territory
In office
10 December 1949  31 October 1966
Preceded byAdair Blain
Succeeded bySam Calder
Administrator of the Northern Territory
In office
10 December 1973  12 November 1975
Preceded byFred Chaney Sr.
Succeeded byJohn England
Personal details
John Norman Nelson

(1908-05-28)28 May 1908
Bundaberg, Queensland
Died20 June 1991(1991-06-20) (aged 83)
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Margaret Caroline Nelson (nee Bloomfield)
ChildrenPatrica Barber, Louanne Rosewarne

See also


  1. John Norman “Jock” Nelson. Northern Territory Government - Administrators. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  2. penelope.bergen (17 March 2014). "First Council 1971-1974". Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  3. Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Adair Blain
Member for Northern Territory
Succeeded by
Sam Calder
Government offices
Preceded by
Fred Chaney Sr.
Administrator of the Northern Territory
Succeeded by
John England

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