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CALDER, Stephen Edward, OBEBiography for CALDER, Stephen Edward, OBE

Member for Northern Territory (NT)

National Country Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for the Northern Territory, 1966. Re-elected 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1977. Retired prior to general elections 1980.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 1.3.1978 to 19.9.1980.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs from 12.8.1969 to 2.11.1972.

Joint Select: Northern Territory from 19.9.1973 to 11.11.1975; Aboriginal Land Rights in the Northern Territory from 10.12.1976 to 28.2.1977; Aboriginal Land Rights in the Northern Territory from 15.3.1977 to 18.8.1977.

House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal Affairs from 1.4.1976 to 19.9.1980.

House of Representatives Select: Wildlife Conservation from 4.6.1970 to 1972; Road Safety from 11.5.1972 to 2.11.1972.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South East Asia, June-July 1970

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan and Korea, February-March 1972

Member, 22nd CPA Conference, Mauritius, September 1976

Other Positions

Member, Executive of Centralian Pastoralists' Association

Member, Northern Territory Reserve Board


Born 10.8.1916, Melbourne, Australia

Died 30.9.2008

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Pastoralist and businessman.


Distinguished Flying Cross


Appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire, 31.12.1980

Military Service

Served overseas in Canada and the United Kingdom

Royal Australian Artillery (Militia) from 1932 to 1939

Promoted to the rank of Pilot Officer, 1941

Enlisted in RAAF from 31.03.1941 to 19.03.1945, when appointment terminated

Promoted to the rank of Flying Officer, 1942

Promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant, 1943


Description: Rural

Location: Includes the towns of Darwin, Newcastle waters, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Katherine and Grove, as well as Groote Eylandt and Melville Island.

Area: 1.34753e+006 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 44295 (at 10.12.1977)

Industries: Beef cattle, forestry, coarse grain production, fishing, tourism and mining (uranium, copper and gold).