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Thursday, 21 February 1985
Page: 28

Senator WATSON —I wish to join my colleague Senator Peter Rae in paying tribute to a distinguished gentleman, soldier and former senator, who represented Tasmania in this place from 1950 to 1959. I refer to Major-General Wordsworth, CBE. The late Senator Wordsworth, who passed away aged 90, had a very distinguished career in the service of his country. Few men have made such a great contribution to public life, in the Army and in the Parliament. He was a respected President of the Tasmanian branch of the Liberal Party of Australia, President of the Launceston Club and Administrator of Norfolk Island.

During the First World War he served at Gallipoli and in Egypt and in the Indian Cavalry. World War II dispatches bore witness to the bravery of this distinguished soldier in the Middle East. In 1944 he commanded the large Third Army in the occupation of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Perhaps one of the greatest tributes a father can have is for his son to follow in his footsteps. His son David has chosen a political career and is now a member of the Legislative Council in the Western Australian Parliament. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere sympathy to the late senator's wife, daughter and son.