Deaths Of Australian Prime Ministers

Australia has had 28 Prime Ministers, 22 of whom have died.

George Reid was the first PM to die, in 1918. The most recent deaths were John Gorton in 2002, Gough Whitlam in 2014 and Malcolm Fraser in 2015.

As of March 2015, all 6 prime ministers (4 Labor, 2 Liberal) since March 11, 1983 are still living: Hawke, Keating, Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott.

The table below lists the 22 prime ministers in chronological order by their date of death. It also shows their age and the number of years they lived after leaving the prime ministership.


Deaths of Australian Prime Ministers Since 1901
No. Name Party Period in Office Born Died Age
at
Death
Age
Became
PM
Years Lived
After
PM
1
Reid, George Houston
FT
18.08.04 – 05.07.05
(10 mths, 18 days)
25.02.1845
12.09.1918
73
59
13 yrs, 2 mths
2
Deakin, Alfred
Prot
Lib
24.09.03 – 27.04.04
05.07.05 – 13.11.08
02.06.09 – 29.04.10
(4 yrs, 10 mths, 10 days)
03.08.1856
07.10.1919
63
47
9 yrs, 5 mths
3
Barton, Edmund
Prot
01.01.01 – 24.09.03
(2 yrs, 8 mths, 24 days)
18.01.1849
07.01.1920
70
51
16 yrs, 3 mths
4
Fisher, Andrew
ALP
13.11.08 – 02.06.09
29.04.10 – 24.06.13
17.09.14 – 27.10.15
(4 yrs, 9 mths, 28 days)
29.08.1862
22.10.1928
66
46
12 yrs, 11 mths
5
Lyons, Joseph Aloysius
UAP
06.01.32 – 07.04.39
(7 yrs, 3 mths, 2 days)
15.09.1879
07.04.1939
59
52
died in office
6
Watson, John Christian
ALP
27.04.04 – 17.08.04
(3 mths, 21 days)
09.04.1867
18.11.1941
74
37
37 yrs, 3 mths
7
Curtin, John
ALP
07.10.41 – 05.07.45
(3 yrs, 8 mths, 29 days)
08.01.1885
05.07.1945
60
56
died in office
8
Cook, Joseph
Lib
24.06.13 – 17.09.14
(1 yr, 2 mths, 25 days)
07.12.1860
30.07.1947
86
52
32 yrs, 10 mths
9
Chifley, Joseph Benedict
ALP
13.07.45 – 19.12.49
(4 yrs, 5 mths, 7 days)
22.09.1885
13.06.1951
65
59
1 yr 5 mths
10
Hughes, William Morris
ALP
Nat
27.10.15 – 09.02.23
(7 yrs, 3 mths, 14 days)
25.09.1862
28.10.1952
90
53
29 yrs, 8 mths
11
Scullin, James Henry
ALP
22.10.29 – 06.01.32
(2 yrs, 2 mths, 16 days)
19.09.1876
28.01.1953
76
53
21 yrs
12
Page, Earle Christmas Grafton
CP
07.04.39 – 26.04.39
(20 days)
08.08.1880
20.12.1961
81
58
22 yrs, 7 mths
13
Bruce, Stanley Melbourne
Nat
09.02.23 – 22.10.29
(6 yrs, 8 mths, 14 days)
15.04.1883
25.08.1967
84
39
37 yrs, 10 mths
14
Holt, Harold Edward
Lib
26.01.66 – 19.12.67
(1 yr, 10 mths, 23 days)
05.08.1908
17.12.1967
59
57
died in office
15
Fadden, Arthur William
CP
29.08.41 – 07.10.41
(1 mth, 9 days)
13.04.1894
21.04.1973
79
47
31 yrs, 6 mths
16
Menzies, Robert Gordon
Lib
26.04.39 – 29.08.41
19.12.49 – 26.01.66
(18 yrs, 5 mths, 12 days)
20.12.1894
15.05.1978
83
44
12 yrs, 4 mths
17
McEwen, John
CP
19.12.67 – 10.01.68
(23 days)
29.03.1900
20.11.1980
80
67
12 yrs, 10 mths
18
Forde, Francis Michael
ALP
06.07.45 – 13.07.45
(8 days)
18.07.1890
28.01.1983
92
54
37 yrs, 7 mths
19
McMahon, William
Lib
10.03.71 – 05.12.72
(1 yr, 8 mths, 25 days)
23.02.1908
31.03.1988
80
63
15 yrs, 3 mths
20
Gorton, John Grey
Lib
10.01.68 – 10.03.71
(3 yrs, 2 mths)
09.09.1911
19.05.2002
90
56
31 yrs, 2 mths
21
Whitlam, Edward Gough
ALP
05.12.72 – 11.11.75
(2 yrs, 11 mths, 6 days)
11.07.1916
21.10.2014
98
56
38 yrs, 11 mths, 10 days
22
Fraser, John Malcolm
Lib
11.11.75 – 11.03.83
(7 yrs, 4 mths)
21.05.1930
20.03.2015
84
45
32 yrs, 9 days



Legend:
ALP = Australian Labor Party
CP = Country Party
FT = Free Trade (fused with Protectionists to form Liberal Party in 1909)
LP = Liberal Party (first formed in 1909 from Free Traders & Protectionists; reformed in 1944 to replace UAP)
NAT = Nationalist (formed out of Liberal Party and ALP defectors in 1916)
PROT = Protectionist (fused with Free Traders to form Liberal Party in 1909)
UAP = United Australia Party (formed out of Nationalists and ALP defectors in 1931)

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