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RANKIN, George JamesBiography for RANKIN, George James

Senator for (Vic)

Australian Country Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Bendigo, Victoria, 1937. Re-elected 1940, 1943, 1946. Resigned 31.10.1949 to contest election to the Senate for Victoria, 1949. Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1949. Re-elected 1951. Retired prior to general elections 1956.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chairman of Committees from November 1940 to October 1949

Chairman of Committees from 12.06.1951 to 30.06.1953

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Standing Orders from 12.6.1951 to 30.6.1956.

Joint Standing: Printing from 10.12.1940; War Expenditure from 14.10.1943 to 16.8.1946.

House of Representatives Standing: Public Works from 7.10.1943 to 19.3.1951; House from 23.3.1950 to 30.6.1956.

: Taxation (including Sales Tax) from 1.1.1941 to 1.1.1941.

Party Positions

President, Bamawm-Rochester branch of the Victorian Country Party (later United Country Party) from 1930

Chief President, United Country Party from April 1937 until joining parliament


Born 1.5.1887, Bamawm, Australia

Died 28.12.1957, Rochester


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament



Awarded The Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration

Appointed Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, 11.04.1918

Appointed Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and bar, 1919

Military Service

Appointed 4th Light Horse, AIF from 20.08.1914 to 23.09.1919, when returned to Australia and AIF appointment terminated

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 1915

Promoted to rank of Captain,1915

Promoted to rank of Major, 1916

Second in Command, 4th Light Horse, 1917

First in Command, 4th Light Horse, from 1918 to 1919

General Officer Commanding 2nd Cavalry Division from 1939 to 12.02.1942

Placed on unattached list from 23.03.1942 to 01.02.1944, Served with rank of Colonel