Gordon Chalk

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The Honourable
Sir Gordon Chalk
KBE

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Gordon Chalk, 1950
30th Premier of Queensland
In office
1 August 1968 8 August 1968
Preceded by Jack Pizzey
Succeeded by Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Constituency Lockyer
35th Treasurer of Queensland
In office
23 December 1965 13 August 1976
Preceded by Thomas Hiley
Succeeded by William Knox
Constituency Lockyer
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for East Toowoomba
In office
3 May 1947 29 April 1950
Preceded by Les Wood
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Lockyer
In office
29 April 1950 12 August 1976
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Tony Bourke
Personal details
Born(1913-05-16)16 May 1913
Rosewood, Queensland, Australia
Died 26 April 1991(1991-04-26) (aged 77)
Melbourne, Victoria
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Ellen Clare Grant (1937–1991)
Occupation Sales Representative, Newspaper employee

Sir Gordon William Wesley Chalk, KBE [1] (16 May 1913 26 April 1991) was Premier of Queensland for a week, from 1 to 8 August 1968. [2] He was the first and only Queensland Premier from the post-war Liberal Party.

Premier of Queensland head of government for the state of Queensland, Australia

The Premier of Queensland is the head of government in the Australian state of Queensland.

The Liberal Party, originally the Queensland People's Party, was a political party in Queensland, Australia, from the Second World War until 2008. Initially formed as independent body in 1943, it became the Queensland division of the Liberal Party of Australia in 1949. Based predominantly in Brisbane and other cities in Queensland, from 1957 it held power as the junior party in a coalition with the state Country Party, later the National Party, until 1983 when the Liberals broke away and went into opposition. The party formed another coalition with the Nationals that took power in 1996 but was defeated in 1998. After a further decade in opposition the two parties merged to form the Liberal National Party of Queensland.

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On 23 December 1965, Chalk succeeded Sir Alan Munro as Leader of the Queensland Liberal Party, Deputy Premier and Treasurer in a coalition government with the Country Party led by Frank Nicklin. He continued in these roles when Jack Pizzey succeeded Nicklin as Premier on 17 January 1968. Following the sudden death of Pizzey on 31 July 1968, the Governor Sir Alan Mansfield swore in Chalk as Premier on 1 August, pending the Country Party electing a new leader. They chose Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who succeeded Chalk after a week in office.

Sir Alan Whiteside Munro was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly. He was the Deputy Premier of Queensland from 1963 until 1965.

The National Party, known as the Country Party until 1974, was a political party in Queensland, Australia, for much of the period from 1915 until 2008. Formed by the Queensland Farmers' Union and serving as the state branch of the National Party of Australia, it initially sought to represent the interests of the farmers but over time became a more general conservative political party in the state, leading to much debate about relations with other conservative parties and a string of mergers that were soon undone. From 1957 it held power as part of a coalition with the state Liberal Party until 1983 when the Liberals broke away and the Nationals continued to govern in their own right until defeat in 1989. The party formed another coalition with the Liberals that took power in 1996 but was defeated in 1998. After a further decade in opposition the two parties merged to form the Liberal National Party of Queensland.

Frank Nicklin Australian politician

Sir George Francis Reuben Nicklin, was an Australian politician. He was the Premier of Queensland from 1957 to 1968, the first non Labor Party premier since 1932.

Chalk continued as Treasurer and Leader of the Liberal Party until his resignation from parliament in 1976.

Seats held

The Electoral District of East Toowoomba was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. It was created in 1912 when the old seat of Drayton & Toowoomba split into East Toowoomba, Toowoomba and Drayton. East Toowoomba ceased to exist in 1950.

The Queensland People's Party was a conservative political party in Queensland, Australia.

Electoral district of Lockyer state electoral district of Queensland, Australia

Lockyer is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland.

Ministerial positions

Treasurer of Queensland

The Treasurer of Queensland, previously styled Colonial Treasurer of Queensland, is the title held by the Cabinet minister who is responsible for the financial management of Queensland Government in Australia. The public service department who operate under the direction of the Treasurer is known as the Queensland Treasury. In 1996, Joan Sheldon became the first woman to hold the role of Treasurer in Queensland. A decade later in 2006, a second woman, Anna Bligh held the role, however as indicated below, the position is overwhelmingly held by men. The department is occupying new offices at 1 William Street in the Brisbane central business district.

Honours

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 1971, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). [3]

Personal life

Upon his death in 1991 Chalk was accorded a State funeral which was held at Albert Street Uniting Church [1] and he was later cremated. [1]

State funeral Public funeral ceremony held to honour people of national significance

A state funeral is a public funeral ceremony, observing the strict rules of protocol, held to honour people of national significance. State funerals usually include much pomp and ceremony as well as religious overtones and distinctive elements of military tradition. Generally, state funerals are held in order to involve the general public in a national day of mourning after the family of the deceased gives consent. A state funeral will often generate mass publicity from both national and global media outlets.

Albert Street Uniting Church church building in Queensland, Australia

Albert Street Uniting Church is a heritage-listed church at 319 Albert Street, Brisbane City, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by George Henry Male Addison and built from 1888 to 1889 by Thomas Pearson & Sons. It was originally known as Albert Street Methodist Church and Central Methodist Mission. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Les Wood
Member for East Toowoomba
1947–1950
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat created
Member for Lockyer
1950–1976
Succeeded by
Tony Bourke
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Hiley
Parliamentary Leader of the Liberal Party in Queensland
1965–1976
Succeeded by
William Knox
Preceded by
Jack Pizzey
Premier of Queensland
1968
Succeeded by
Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Preceded by
Alan Munro
Deputy Premier of Queensland
1965–1976
Succeeded by
William Knox
Preceded by
Thomas Hiley
Treasurer of Queensland
1965–1976
Succeeded by
William Knox
Preceded by
Thomas Moores
Minister for Transport
1957–1965
Succeeded by
William Knox