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McLACHLAN, the Hon. Alexander JohnBiography for McLACHLAN, the Hon. Alexander John

Senator for South Australia

United Australia Party

Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 24.2.1926 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice B Benny (resigned). Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1925. Re-elected 1931 and 1937. Retired prior to general elections 1943.

Acting Ministries

Acting Attorney-General from 1926 to 1927.

Acting Attorney-General from March to July 1932.

Acting Attorney-General from April to July 1934.

Acting Attorney-General, 1938.

Ministerial Appointments

Honorary Minister from 29.8.1926 to 22.10.1929.

Cabinet Minister from 29.8.1926 to 22.10.1929.

Vice-President of the Executive Council from 6.1.1932 to 12.10.1934.

Cabinet Minister from 6.1.1932 to 7.11.1938.

Minister for Development and Scientific and Industrial Research from 6.1.1932 to 29.11.1937.

Postmaster-General from 12.10.1934 to 7.11.1938.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: House from 1.7.1926 to 1927; House from 10.12.1929 to 1931; Standing Orders from 18.2.1932 to 30.6.1944; Regulations and Ordinances from 30.5.1940 to 27.8.1940.

Joint Standing: War Expenditure from 3.7.1941 to 10.2.1944 (Chair from 3.7.1941).

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Leader, Australian Delegation to the League of Nations, 1928.

Plenipotentiary for Australia for the signing of the Kellogg Pact, 1928.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the Government in the Senate from 1937 to 1938.

Party Positions

Founding Vice-President of the Liberal Union.

President of the Liberal Union from 1913.

Other Positions

Chief of the Caledonian Society from 1899 to 1902.

Founding Member of the Liberal Union.

Founding Vice-president of the Liberal Union.

Life Member of the Liberal Federation Council.

Chairman of Directors of the Liberal Club Ltd.

Chairman of the South Australian Football League from 1920 to 1925.

Founding Member of the Liberal Federation from 1923.


Born 2.11.1872, Narracoorte, Australia

Died 28.5.1956, East Melbourne


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Articled Clerk.


Partner, various legal firms.

Directorships in several industrial and insurance companies.

Chairman of the directors, Liberal Club Ltd.

Chairman, Commonwealth Life (Amalgamated) Assurances Ltd from 1929.

Military Service

Commanding officer of the South Australian Scottish Infantry, formed at the time of the Boer War.