Earle Page

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Earle Page

11th Prime Minister of Australia, and is to date the second-longest serving federal parliamentarian in Australian history, with 41 years, 361 days in Parliament add

Category: Politics

Born in 1880.

Country: Australia (100%)

Main connections: New South Wales, Joseph Lyons, Robert Menzies

Linked to: National Party of Australia, University of Sydney, Australian Labor Party, List of University of New England people




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Earle Page was born in 1880 add something


Born in Grafton, New South Wales, Page was educated at Sydney Boys High School and the &University_of_Sydney, where he graduated in medicine at the top of his year in 1901 add something


In 1903 he joined a private practice in Grafton and in 1904 he became one of the first people in the country to own a car add something


He worked at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he met Ethel Blunt, a nurse, whom he married in 1906 add something


In 1919 Page was elected to the House of Representatives from Cowper in northeastern New South Wales add something


John Thomson (Australian politician) - He was defeated in 1919 by future Prime Minister Earle Page, of the Farmers and Settlers Association, who joined the Country Party when it was formed in 1920


New South Wales - In 1919 the farmers formed the Country Party, led at national level by Earle Page, a doctor from Grafton, and at state level by Michael Bruxner, a small farmer from Tenterfield


He ran as a candidate of the Farmers and Settlers Association of New South Wales, which in 1920 merged with several other rural-based parties to form the Country Party add something


He became the party's leader in 1921, ousting William McWilliams add something


Dislike of the Hughes government's rural policies was one of the reasons the Country Party was formed, and when the party won the balance of power in the House at the 1922 election, Page demanded and got Hughes's resignation as the price for supporting the Nationalist government add something


Percy Stewart - In August 1924, Stewart resigned his portfolio in protest at a deal between Bruce and Page that protected sitting members from opposition from coalition party candidates at elections, which he regarded as an unwarranted restriction on voters' choice


The Bruce-Page government was defeated by Labor in 1929 , and Page went into opposition add something


In 1931, a group of dissident Labor MPs led by Joseph Lyons merged with the Nationalists to form the United Australia Party, with Lyons as leader add something


Page and the Country Party continued in coalition with the UAP. The UAP-Country Coalition won a comprehensive victory in the 1931 election add something


In 1934, however, Lyons was forced to take the Country Party back into his government in a full-fledged Coalition add something


Frederick Stewart (Australian politician) - In November 1934, he stood down to allow the Country Party to be brought into the ministry, with Earle Page becoming Minister for Commerce


Robert Menzies - Animosity developed between Sir Earle Page and Menzies which was aggravated when Page became Acting Prime Minister during Lyons' illness after October 1938


Robert Menzies - Menzies' first term as Prime Minister commenced in 1939, after the death in office of the United Australia Party leader Joseph Lyons and a short-term interim premiership by Sir Earle Page


Bernard Corser - In April 1939, the leader of the Country Party's senior Coalition partner the United Australia Party, Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, died, and the leader of the Country Party, Earle Page, became caretaker Prime Minister


Robert Menzies - With Lyons' sudden death on 7 April 1939, Page became interim Prime Minister until the UAP could elect a leader


In 1940 Page and Menzies patched up their differences for the sake of the war effort, and Page returned to the Cabinet as Minister for Commerce add something


In 1941, the government fell; and Page spent the eight years of the Curtin and Chifley Labor governments on the opposition backbench add something


Menzies returned to the Prime Ministership in 1949, and Page was made Minister for Health add something


On Billy Hughes' death in October 1952, Page became the Father of the House of Representatives and Father of the Parliament add something


He held this post until 1956, when he was 76, retired to the backbench add something


In 1957, a new building at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was opened by Page and named the Page Chest Pavilion add something


In one of the great upsets of Australian electoral history, he lost his seat to Labor challenger Frank McGuren, whom he had defeated soundly in 1958 add something


Lady Page died in 1958; and on 20 July 1959 Page married his secretary Jean Thomas add something


Frank McGuren - In 1958, he was the Labor candidate for the seat of Cowper in the Australian House of Representatives, facing former Prime Minister Earle Page of the Country Party


By the 1961 election, Page was gravely ill from lung cancer add something

Earle Page died in 1961 add something


Ian Robinson (Australian politician) - Cowper had been won in 1961 by Labor's Frank McGuren, who had defeated the ailing Country member Earle Page, who had been too ill to campaign


Eddie Ward - In 1961, upon the defeat of Earle Page, Ward became the Father of the Australian House of Representatives


In 1975 he was honoured on a postage stamp bearing his portrait issued by Australia Post add something


His grandson Don Page is currently a National MP in the NSW Parliament and served as Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals from 2003 to 2007 add something


His second wife, Jean Page, died on 20 June 2011 add something


He was the last former Prime Minister to lose his seat until Tony Abbott in 2019 add something