Who’s Left: Surviving Members Of Every House Of Representatives Since 1949

Statistics on the surviving members of the House of Representatives since 1949 are shown below. There are links to detailed information on each parliament since 1949.

All members of parliament who served in the first 18 parliaments from 1901 until the end of 1949 are now deceased.

There are two surviving members of the 19th Parliament that was elected on December 10, 1949. Both “forty-niners” are Liberals: Henry George Pearce (Capricornia-Qld), 101, and Bill Grayden (Swan-WA), 98.

Just four members of the House during the 1950s are still living: Grayden, Pearce, Jim Forbes and Doug Anthony.

For the entire Menzies era (1949-1972), there are 25 surviving members. All but four of them served together in the 27th Parliament between 1969 and 1972.

Currently, Henry George Pearce is the oldest surviving member of all five parliaments between 1949 and 1961: the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

Dr. Jim Forbes is the oldest surviving member of three parliaments: the 24th, 28th and 29th.

Tony Street is the oldest surviving member of the four parliaments between 1975 and 1984: the 30th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd.

Steele Hall is the oldest surviving member of the four parliaments between 1984 and 1996: the 34th, 35th, 36th and 37th.

This page was last updated on November 06, 2018. It takes account of the most recent deaths:

  • Nov 06, 2018: Ted Mack, Independent (North Sydney-NSW), 84
  • Sep 12, 2018: Barry Cunningham, ALP (McMillan-Vic), 78
  • Jun 02, 2018: Joe Berinson, ALP (Perth-WA), 86
  • May 21, 2018: Don Jessop, Liberal (Grey-SA and Senate-SA), 90.
  • Jan 02, 2018: Bryan Conquest, National Country (Hinkler-Qld), 87
  • Dec 18, 2017: Barry Cohen, ALP (Robertson-NSW), 82.
  • Nov 28, 2017: Clarrie Millar, National Country (Wide Bay-Qld), 92. At his death, Millar was the oldest former member of the six parliaments between 1975 and 1990: the 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th and 35th parliaments.
  • Nov 16, 2017: Wal Fife, Liberal (Farrer-NSW), 88
  • Aug 31, 2017: John Bourchier, Liberal (Bendigo-Vic), 87
  • Aug 24, 2017: Doug Everingham, ALP (Capricornia-Qld), 94. At his death, Everingham was the oldest former member of the 27th, 28th, 29th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd parliaments.
  • Jun 21, 2017: Con Sciacca, ALP (Bowman-Qld), 70
  • Mar 23, 2017: Ian Robinson, Country (Cowper/Page-NSW), 91
  • Jan 03, 2017: Russ Gorman, ALP (Greenway-NSW), 90

The table below provides a summary of how many members have served in the 19th to 45th parliaments. It shows how many are still living and what parties they belong to. There are links to more detailed information on each parliament since 1972.

Note: The data is structured around the parliaments since 1949. The numbers cannot be aggregated. Most surviving members served in more than one parliament.

Disclaimer: I am confident that the data shown here is correct. However, I rely on media reports and announcements in parliament for information on deaths of former members. I sincerely hope I haven’t killed or resurrected anyone. I am happy to receive corrections from readers.

House of Representatives – Members Still Living Since 1949
(Listed by Parliament No. and Years)
No. Years Total Members
Still
Living
% ALP Lib CP/
Nat
Oth Oldest Surviving
Member
19th
1949-1951
121
2
1.65
2
Henry George Pearce (101)
20th
1951-1954
131
2
1.52
2
Henry George Pearce (101)
21st
1954-1955
122
1
0.81
1
Henry George Pearce (101)
22nd
1955-1958
127
3
2.36
2
1
Henry George Pearce (101)
23rd
1958-1961
128
3
2.34
2
1
Henry George Pearce (101)
24th
1961-1963
125
5
4.00
2
1
2
Dr Jim Forbes (94)
25th
1963-1966
129
9
6.97
2
4
3
Wylie Gibbs (96)
26th
1966-1969
130
15
11.53
4
8
3
Mervyn Lee (98)
27th
1969-1972
128
21
16.40
8
9
4
Tom Hughes (94)
28th
1972-1974
126
29
23.01
14
9
6
Dr Jim Forbes (94)
29th
1974-1975
128
39
30.46
15
16
8
Dr Jim Forbes (94)
30th
1975-1977
128
53
41.40
9
34
10
Tony Street (92)
31st
1977-1980
126
61
48.41
16
36
9
Tony Street (92)
32nd
1980-1983
131
75
57.25
30
33
12
Tony Street (92)
33rd
1983-1984
131
85
64.88
54
20
11
Tony Street (92)
34th
1984-1987
149
106
71.14
62
30
14
Steele Hall (89)
35th
1987-1990
153
117
76.47
71
32
14
Steele Hall (89)
36th
1990-1993
150
128
85.33
71
43
13
1
Steele Hall (89)
37th
1993-1996
155
134
86.45
73
44
16
1
Steele Hall (89)
38th
1996-1998
150
139
92.66
49
69
18
3
Ian Sinclair (89)
39th
1998-2001
152
144
94.73
67
61
16
Garry Nehl (84)
40th
2001-2004
151
145
96.02
64
65
13
3
Frank Mossfield (83)
41st
2004-2007
151
147
97.35
61
72
12
2
Wilson Tuckey (83)
42nd
2007-2010
155
153
98.70
83
56
11
3
Wilson Tuckey (83)
43rd
2010-2013
150
148
98.66
72
59
12
5
Bronwyn Bishop (76)
44th
2013-2016
153
152
99.34
56
76
15
5
Bronwyn Bishop (76)
45th
2016-
151
151
100
70
60
16
5
Warren Snowdon (68)

 

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