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COOPER, the Hon. Sir Walter Jackson, MBEBiography for COOPER, the Hon. Sir Walter Jackson, MBE

Senator for (Qld)

Australian Country Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1928. Defeated at general elections 1931. Elected to the Senate for Queensland 1934. Re-elected 1940 and 1946, 1951, 1955 and 1961. Retired with the expiration of term 1968.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the Interim Council of Australian National University from 29.6.1949 to 19.12.1949.

Trustee of the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 5.10.1949.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chairman of Committees from 1938 to 1948

Acting Ministries

Acting Minister for the Interior from January 1955 to March 1955.

Acting Minister for Works from January 1955 to March 1955.

Acting Postmaster General from 22.1.1958 to 9.2.1958.

Acting Postmaster General from 23.7.1958 to 1.9.1958.

Ministerial Appointments

Cabinet Minister from 19.12.1949 to 11.1.1956.

Minister of Repatriation from 19.12.1949 to 29.12.1960.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Library from 28.8.1929 to 1929; Printing from 10.12.1929 to 1932; Standing Orders from 10.12.1929 to 1932; House from 26.9.1935 to 1950; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.10.1935 to 31.10.1949; Broadcasting from 3.9.1942 to 7.7.1943; Printing from 30.9.1943 to 1950; Library from 17.10.1947 to 1950; Standing Orders from 17.10.1947 to 1950; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 22.10.1947 to 1950; Printing from 9.8.1962 to 1968; Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 9.8.1962 to 1968.

Senate Select: Case of Captain T. P. Conway from 31.5.1939 to 1939; Metric System of Weights and Measures from 19.5.1967 to 1968.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 18.6.1937 to 7.7.1943.

Joint Standing: Social Security from 3.7.1941 to 30.3.1944; Social Security from 20.7.1944 to 16.8.1946; Foreign Affairs from 16.8.1962 to 31.10.1966.

War Gratuity from 1944 to 1945; War Gratuity from 1948 to 1949; War Gratuity from 1951 to 1951.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Delegation to Empire Parliamentary Association Conference, London, October 1948

Investigated repatriation services in New Zealand, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Western Germany, from May 1960 to July 1960

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 19.3.1947 to 31.5.1947.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1.6.1947 to 19.12.1949.


Born 23.4.1888, Cheetham, Lancashire, England

Died 22.7.1973, Greenslopes


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament


Indent agent


Certificate of Merit by the Royal Humane Society of Australasia, 1913

Appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for distinguished services during the war, October, 1919

Appointed Knight Bachelor, 01.01.1959

Military Service

Reservist, Leicestershire Imperial Yeomanry

Reservist, Leicestershire Royal Horse Artillery

Appointed Second Lieutenant, AIF 15th Battalion from 12.06.1915 to 31.03.1921, when appointment terminated

Embarked 20.08.1915, Served at Gallipoli

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, 01.03.1916

Promoted to the rank of Captain, 10.04.1916

Wounded in Action, France, 10.08.1916

Taken on strength, 30th Training Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, 12.10.1917

Temporary Adjutant, Australian Flying Corps, 26.10.1917

Mentioned in Despatches, 1918

Acting Adjutant, 14.01.1918

Recording Officer, Australian Flying Corps, Fourth Squadron, France, 30.09.1918

Returned to Australia, 07.05.1920