Hubert Lawrence Anthony

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Larry Anthony
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Richmond
In office
23 October 1937 – 12 July 1957
Preceded byRoland Green
Succeeded byDoug Anthony
Personal details
Born(1897-03-12)12 March 1897
Warren, New South Wales
Died12 July 1957(1957-07-12) (aged 60)
Murwillumbah, New South Wales
Political partyAustralian Country Party
ChildrenDoug Anthony Susan Anthony
OccupationBanana farmer
Awards1914–15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Military service
Branch/serviceFirst Australian Imperial Force
Years of service1914–1916
Unit2nd Signal Troop (Engineers)
Battles/warsGallipoli Campaign
Service number521
Active duty dates25 July 1915 to
10 August 1915
Discharge reasonMedically unfit

Hubert Lawrence "Larry" Anthony (12 March 1897 – 12 July 1957), Australian politician, founded the only three-generation dynasty in the history of the Australian House of Representatives.

Anthony was born in Warren, New South Wales, and had a limited education in bush schools. In 1914 he joined the Australian Army and spent World War I in the Signals Corps, seeing active duty in Gallipoli, he was discharged in 1916 following his return to Australia, where he was initially admitted to the first Auxiliary Hospital suffering from throat disease. After the war he settled at Murwillumbah on the NSW north coast, where he took up banana farming. By the 1930s he was the biggest banana-grower in Australia and chairman of the Banana Growers Federation; this made him an influential figure in the politics of the Northern Rivers region.[1]

In 1937 Anthony was elected to the House of Representatives as Country Party member for the seat of Richmond; as a powerful figure in the party he had rapid promotion. He was an Honorary Minister 1940–1941, and Minister for Transport in 1941. During the years of the wartime Australian Labor Party government (1941–1949), he was a senior member of the Opposition.[1]

In 1949 the conservatives returned to power under Robert Menzies, and Anthony became Postmaster-General, adding the post of Minister for Civil Aviation in 1951, he held these posts until his sudden death at Murwillumbah in 1957. He was succeeded as Member for Richmond by his son Doug Anthony, then aged 27. Doug Anthony was later leader of the Country Party and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia 1971–1972 and 1975–1983. Doug's son Larry Anthony was Member for Richmond 1996–2004 and was a junior minister in the Howard government.[1]

The Anthonys are the only three-generation dynasty in the House of Representatives, although Alexander Downer is the son of a federal MP and the grandson of a Senator.

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  1. ^ a b c Brodrick, Lloyd. "Anthony, Hubert Lawrence (Larry) (1897–1957)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 29 May 2007.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minister for Transport
Succeeded by
George Lawson
Preceded by
Don Cameron
Succeeded by
Charles Davidson
Preceded by
Thomas White
Minister for Civil Aviation
Succeeded by
Athol Townley
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Roland Green
Member for Richmond
Succeeded by
Doug Anthony