Page Ministry

The Page Ministry was the twenty-fifth Australian Commonwealth ministry, and ran from 7 April 1939 to 26 April 1939.[1]

Page Ministry

25th Ministry of Australia
Date formed7 April 1939
Date dissolved26 April 1939
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge VI
Governor-GeneralThe Earl of Gowrie
Prime MinisterSir Earle Page
No. of ministers13
Member partyCoalition (CountryUAP)
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderJohn Curtin
PredecessorFourth Lyons Ministry
SuccessorFirst Menzies Ministry

A new ministry was formed following the death of the incumbent prime minister Joseph Lyons on 7 April 1939. Lyons' United Australia Party (UAP) had been governing in coalition with the Australian Country Party since the formation of the Third Lyons Ministry on 9 November 1934. After his death, the leader of the Country Party Sir Earle Page formed a caretaker government while the UAP elected a new leader, former attorney-general Robert Menzies. After conflict between Page and Menzies, the Country Party withdrew from the coalition and the First Menzies Ministry comprised solely UAP members.


Titles other than those officially gazetted are indicated in italics. Both the leadership and deputy leadership of the United Australia Party were vacant.

Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Sir Earle Page GCMG MP
  Billy Hughes CH KC MP
  Richard Casey MP
  Harold Thorby MP
  John Perkins MP
  Geoffrey Street MP
  John McEwen MP
  Senator George McLeay
  Senator Harry Foll
  Archie Cameron MP
  Eric Harrison MP
  • Minister without portfolio administering External Territories
  • Minister without portfolio assisting the Prime Minister
  Victor Thompson MP
  • Minister without portfolio assisting the Minister for Commerce
  Senator Allan MacDonald
  • Minister without portfolio assisting the Treasurer


  1. "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
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