Tom Drake-Brockman

Sir Thomas Charles Drake-Brockman DFC (15 May 1919 – 28 August 1992) was an Australian politician who served as a Senator for Western Australia from 1959 to 1978 and also briefly in 1958. He was a member of the National Country Party (Country Party prior to 1974). He served as Minister for Air from 1969 to 1972.[1]


Sir Tom Drake-Brockman

Minister for Air
In office
12 November 1969  5 December 1972
Preceded byDudley Erwin
Succeeded byLance Barnard
Deputy President of the Senate
In office
15 March 1965  11 November 1969
Preceded byColin McKellar
Succeeded byTom Bull
In office
17 February 1976  30 June 1978
Preceded byJames Webster
Succeeded byDouglas Scott
Senator for Western Australia
In office
12 August 1958  21 November 1958
Preceded byHarrie Seward
Succeeded byhimself
In office
1 July 1959  30 June 1978
Preceded byhimself
Succeeded byAllan Rocher
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Administrative Services
In office
11 November 1975  22 December 1975
Preceded byLes Johnson (Aboriginal Affairs)
Fred Daly (Admin. Services)
Succeeded byIan Viner (Aboriginal Affairs)
Reg Withers (Admin. Services)
Personal details
Born
Thomas Charles Drake-Brockman

(1919-05-15)15 May 1919
Toodyay, Western Australia
Died28 August 1992(1992-08-28) (aged 73)
Perth, Western Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyAustralian Country Party and National Alliance
Spouse(s)Mary
Children5
OccupationAir gunner, farmer, politician

Early life and war service

Drake-Brockman was born in Toodyay, Western Australia, the son of Robert James and Rose Ita Drake-Brockman.[2] He was educated at Guildford Grammar School. On 23 May 1942 he married Edith Sykes, with whom he had five children. During World War II, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force's 460 Squadron in 1941 as sergeant air-gunner and served in the Middle East, Malta and the United Kingdom. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross in September 1944. After the war he was a farmer and grazier and became vice president of the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation.[3][4] On 9 August 1972, Drake-Brockman married his second wife, Mary McGinnity.[2]

Parliamentary service

Drake-Brockman was appointed to a casual vacancy as a Country Party senator on 12 August 1958. His appointment expired at the 1958 election, when he was elected to the Senate, with effect from 1 July 1959. He was appointed Minister for Air in John Gorton's second ministry, as a result of Dudley Erwin's falling out of Gorton's favour. He remained minister until the defeat of the William McMahon government at the 1972 election. He was Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister for Administrative Services in Malcolm Fraser's caretaker government after the dismissal of the Whitlam government, but was not reappointed to Fraser's ministry after the 1975 election. He did not stand for re-election at the 1977 election and his term came to an end on 30 June 1978. To date, he is the last member of what is now the National Party to be elected to the Senate from Western Australia.

Drake-Brockman was made a Knight Bachelor in June 1979.[5] He was survived by his wife, Mary, and four daughters and a son from his first marriage.[6]

Notes

  1. "Members of the Senate since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  2. Sacks Margaret A. (ed.) The WAY 79 Who is Who: Synoptic biographies of Western Australians, Crawley Publishers, Nedlands, W.A., 1980. ISBN 0-949848-00-X
  3. "Drake-Brockman, Thomas Charles, DFC". It's an Honour. Government of Australia. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  4. Button, John (8 September 1992). "Condolence: The Hon. Sir Thomas Charles Drake-Brockman DFC". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2008.
  5. "Drake-Brockman, Thomas Charles, Knight Bachelor". It's an Honour. Government of Australia. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  6. Boswell, Ron (8 September 1992). "Condolence: The Hon. Sir Thomas Charles Drake-Brockman DFC". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2008.
Political offices
Preceded by
Dudley Erwin
Minister for Air
1969–72
Succeeded by
Lance Barnard
Preceded by
Les Johnson
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
1975
Succeeded by
Ian Viner
Preceded by
Fred Daly
Minister for Administrative Services
1975
Succeeded by
Reg Withers
Party political offices
Preceded by
Adrian Solomons
Federal President of the National Country Party
19781981
Succeeded by
Shirley McKerrow
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