Sir Gordon Freeth
Member of the Australian Parliament
10 December 1949 – 25 October 1969
Preceded by Nelson Lemmon Succeeded by Frank Kirwan Personal details Born 6 August 1914
Angaston, South Australia
Died 27 November 2001(aged 87) Nationality Australian Political party Liberal Party of Australia Spouse(s) Joan Baker Alma mater University of Western Australia Occupation Lawyer Medal record Men's Rowing British Empire Games Gold 1938 Sydney Coxed fours
Freeth was born in Angaston, South Australia, the son of Robert Freeth (1886-1979) and Gladys Mary Snashall. He attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School and the Guildford Grammar School in Western Australia (where his father was headteacher from 1928 to 1949).
He was awarded a Bachelor of Laws by the University of Western Australia in 1938. He won a gold medal for rowing in the coxed fours in the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney. In 1939 he married Joan Baker and they had twin daughters, Felicity and Susan and a son, Robert. In the same year he began practising law in Katanning, Western Australia. With the outbreak of World War II, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and he flew Beaufort bombers in New Guinea and had been promoted to flight lieutenant by 1945, when he was demobilised.
Freeth was elected as the Liberal Party of Australia member for Forrest in the 1949 election. He was appointed Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works in 1958 and in 1963 he was appointed Minister for Shipping and Transport. In February 1968, he was appointed Minister for Air, replacing Peter Howson. He was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs, replacing Paul Hasluck, in February 1969 when Hasluck became Governor-General. He was defeated at the 1969 election by the Australian Labor Party candidate, Frank Kirwan.
Freeth was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1978.
- ^ "Robert Evelyn Freeth (1886-1979)". Freeth notes. http://freethnotes.net/wiki/tiki-index.php?page=Robert+Freeth+1886. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- ^ a b c d Howard, John (12 February 2002). "Condolences: Adermann, Hon. Albert Evan, AO, Freeth, Hon. Sir Gordon, KBE, Chaney, Hon. Sir Frederick Charles, KBE, AFC". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. http://parlinfoweb.aph.gov.au/piweb/view_document.aspx?ID=2161389&TABLE=HANSARDR. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
Political offices Preceded by
Minister for the Interior
Minister for Works
Minister for Shipping and Transport
Minister for Air
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Parliament of Australia Preceded by
Member for Forrest
Diplomatic posts Preceded by
Sir John Bunting
Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Sir James Plimsoll
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