Walter Gordon Duncan

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Sir Walter Gordon Duncan (10 March 1885 – 27 August 1963) was a politician in the State of South Australia.

History[edit]

Duncan was born in Watervale, South Australia, the second son of John Duncan, a wealthy and influential pastoralist and politician, and his wife Jean, née Grant. He was educated at St Peter's College, where he did not shine academically, but excelled at cricket.[1] He was made Knight Bachelor in 1939.

Politics[edit]

He was elected to the South Australian Legislative Council for the Liberal Party by the Midland electorate in March 1918 and was re-elected in 1924, 1930, 1938, 1944, 1950 and 1956, finally retiring in 1962. He was elected President of the South Australian Legislative Council in 1944 and held the position until 1962.[2]

Other interests[edit]

He was a longtime member of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society, and its president in 1924 and 1925.

Family[edit]

He married Bessie Graham Fotheringham on 20 October 1922; they lived at 56 Park Terrace (now Greenhill Road), Parkside.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenny Tilby Stock, 'Duncan, Sir Walter Gordon (1885–1963)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/duncan-sir-walter-gordon-10066/text17757, published in hardcopy 1996, accessed online 13 October 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/AboutParliament/From1836/Documents/StatisticalRecordoftheLegislature1836to20093.pdf Parliament of South Australia - Statistical Records