Roger Nott

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The Honourable
Roger Nott
Minister for Agriculture
In office
14 November 1957 – 3 March 1961
Premier Joseph Cahill
Bob Heffron
Preceded by Eddie Graham
Succeeded by Jack Renshaw
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Liverpool Plains
In office
10 May 1941 – 3 March 1961
Preceded by Harry Carter
Succeeded by Frank O'Keefe
Personal details
Born (1908-10-20)20 October 1908
Gulgong, New South Wales, Australia
Died 28 September 2000(2000-09-28) (aged 91)
Dunedoo, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Labor
Spouse(s) Mary Rope
Occupation shearer, farmer

Roger Bede Nott CBE (20 October 1908 – 28 September 2000) was an Australian politician and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1941 until 1961. He was a member of the Labor Party and held numerous ministerial positions between 1954 and 1961. He was the Administrator of the Northern Territory between 1961 and 1964.

Early life[edit]

Nott was born at Gulgong, New South Wales and was the son of a farmer. Leo Nott, Gulgong Shire President and member of the Legislative Assembly for Mudgee and Burrendong, was his brother. He was educated to elementary level at Gulgong Public School and initially worked as a shearer and farm hand. He later became a wheat farmer at Dunedoo.[1]

Political career[edit]

Nott was elected to the parliament as the Labor member for Liverpool Plains at the 1941 state election.[2] He replaced the Country Party member Harry Carter and defeated the Country Party candidate Alfred Yeo who had been the member for Castlereagh. Liverpool Plains was one of a number of rural seats that Labor won at the 1941 election and these victories contributed to the formation of the Labor government of William McKell.[1]

Nott was a member of the governments of Joseph Cahill and Robert Heffron. He was appointed as a Minister without Portfolio in 1954 and between 1956 and 1957 was the Secretary for Lands and Secretary for Mines. From 1957 until his retirement he was the Minister for Agriculture.

Later life and career[edit]

Nott retained his seat in parliament at a further six elections but controversially resigned in 1961 to accept an appointment from the Federal government as the Administrator of the Northern Territory.[2] This position was often a sinecure for retiring members of the ruling party but the government of Robert Menzies offered it to Nott to force his resignation from parliament and cause a by-election. The Country Party's Frank O'Keefe, who had been an unsuccessful candidate at four previous elections and a rising star for the party, was successful.

Nott was the unsuccessful Labor candidate by a narrow margin at the 1970 Upper Hunter by-election caused by O'Keefe's transfer to the federal seat of Paterson.[3]

Granted retention of the "Honourable" in 1961, Nott was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1977.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "The Hon. Roger Bede Nott (1908–2000)". Former members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  2. ^ a b Green, Antony. "Elections for the District of - Liverpool Plains". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "Upper Hunter - By-election 1970". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  4. ^ "No. 42406". The London Gazette. 7 July 1961. p. 5002.
  5. ^ "No. 47234". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 10 June 1977. p. 7103.
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Harry Carter
Member for Liverpool Plains
Succeeded by
Frank O'Keefe
Political offices
Preceded by
William Gollan
Secretary for Mines
Succeeded by
John McMahon
Preceded by
Frank Hawkins
Secretary for Lands
Succeeded by
William Gollan
Preceded by
Eddie Graham
Minister for Agriculture
Succeeded by
Jack Renshaw
Government offices
Preceded by
James Archer
Administrator of the Northern Territory
Succeeded by
Roger Dean
Preceded by
Robert Hurley Wordsworth
Administrator of Norfolk Island
Succeeded by
Reginald Marsh