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

Official records show one surviving member of the 19th Parliament that was elected on December 10, 1949. The “forty-niner” is a Liberal: Bill Grayden (Swan-WA), aged 103.

For the entire Menzies era (1949-1972), there are 12 surviving members. All but Grayden and Gibbs served together in the 27th Parliament between 1969 and 1972.

Steele Hall is the oldest surviving member of the five parliaments between 1983 and 1993: the 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th.

This page was last updated on January 17, 2024. It takes account of the most recent deaths:

  • Jan 30, 2024: Manfred Cross, ALP (Brisbane-Qld), 94
  • Dec 19, 2023: Barry Wakelin, Liberal (Grey-SA), 77
  • Dec 04, 2023: Peta Murphy, ALP (Dunkley-Vic), 50
  • Oct 21, 2023: Bill Hayden, ALP (Oxley-Qld), 90
  • Jul 27, 2023: Gordon Dean, Liberal (Herbert-Qld), 81
  • Mar 29, 2023: John Kerin, ALP (Werriwa-NSW), 85
  • Mar 29, 2023: Stewart West, ALP (Cunningham-NSW), 88
  • Nov 08, 2022: Peter Reith, Liberal (Flinders-Vic), 72
  • Oct 31, 2022: Bob Ellicott, Liberal (Wentworth-NSW), 95
  • Oct 25, 2022: Tony Street, Liberal (Corangamite-Vic), 96
  • Oct 13, 2022: John Spender, Liberal (North Sydney-NSW), 86
  • Jun 17, 2022: John Mountford, ALP (Banks-NSW), 88
  • Mar 30, 2022: Bob Brown, ALP (Hunter-Charlton-NSW), 88
  • Feb 26, 2022: Dr Moss Cass, ALP (Maribyrnong-Vic), 95
  • Jan 01, 2022: Vic Garland, Liberal (Curtin-WA), 87
  • Apr 16, 2021: Andrew Peacock, Liberal (Kooyong-Vic), 82
  • Jan 17, 2021: Jon Sullivan, ALP (Longman-Qld), 70
  • Dec 20, 2020: Doug Anthony, Country (Richmond-Vic), 90
  • Nov 15, 2020: Chris Hurford, ALP (Adelaide-Vic), 89
  • Sep 12, 2020: John Fahey, ALP (Macarthur-NSW), 75
  • Aug 22, 2020: Edward “Ted” Grace, ALP (Fowler-NSW), 89
  • Jun 24, 2020: Roger Johnston, Liberal (Hotham-Vic), 90
  • May 24, 2020: Bruce Reid, Liberal (Bendigo-Vic), 84
  • Apr 27, 2020: Ian Causley, Nationals (Page-NSW), 79
  • Mar 06, 2020: Silvia Smith, ALP (Bass-Tas), 80
  • Nov 19, 2019: John Abel, Liberal (Evans-NSW), 80
  • Nov 17, 2019: Ben Humphreys, ALP (Griffith-Qld), 85
  • Aug 30, 2019: Elaine Darling, ALP (Lilley-Qld), 83
  • Aug 22, 2019: Tim Fischer, Nationals (Farrer-NSW), 73
  • Aug 10, 2019: Dr Jim Forbes, Liberal (Barker-SA), 95. At his death, Forbes was the oldest former member of three parliaments: the 24th (1961-63), 28th (1972-74) and 29th (1974-75).
  • May 16, 2019: Bob Hawke, ALP (Wills-Vic), 89
  • Mar 31, 2019: Peter Coleman, Liberal (Wentworth-NSW), 90
  • Jan 01, 2019: Paul Neville, Nationals (Hinkler-Qld), 78
  • Dec 09, 2018: Gordon Scholes, ALP (Corio-Vic), 87
  • 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)
Parlt.
No.
Years Total Members
Still
Living
% Still
Living
ALP Lib CP/Nat Oth Oldest Surviving
Member
19th
1949-1951
121
1
0.82%
1
William Grayden (103)
20th
1951-1954
131
1
0.76%
1
William Grayden (103)
21st
1954-1955
122
0
0%
22nd
1955-1958
127
0
0%
23rd
1958-1961
128
0
0%
24th
1961-1963
125
1
0.8%
1
Peter Nixon (96)
25th
1963-1966
129
4
3.10%
2
2
Wylie Gibbs (101)
26th
1966-1969
130
6
4.61%
1
3
2
Wylie Gibbs (101)
27th
1969-1972
128
10
7.81%
3
4
3
Tom Hughes (100)
28th
1972-1974
126
17
13.49%
8
4
5
Peter Nixon (96)
29th
1974-1975
128
26
20.31%
9
10
7
Peter Nixon (96)
30th
1975-1977
128
40
31.25%
4
27
9
Peter Nixon (96)
31st
1977-1980
126
45
35.71%
9
28
8
Peter Nixon (96)
32nd
1980-1983
131
53
40.45%
18
25
10
Peter Nixon (96)
33rd
1983-1984
131
67
52.67%
41
16
10
Steele Hall (95)
34th
1984-1987
149
85
57.04%
48
25
12
Steele Hall (95)
35th
1987-1990
153
97
63.39%
57
28
12
Steele Hall (95)
36th
1990-1993
150
111
74.00%
60
39
11
1
Steele Hall (95)
37th
1993-1996
155
120
77.41%
67
39
13
1
Steele Hall (95)
38th
1996-1998
150
128
85.33%
46
65
14
3
Ian Sinclair (94)
39th
1998-2001
152
134
88.15%
65
57
12
Wilson Tuckey (88)
40th
2001-2004
151
140
92.71%
62
64
11
3
Frank Mossfield (88)
41st
2004-2007
151
142
94.03%
59
71
10
2
Wilson Tuckey (88)
42nd
2007-2010
155
149
96.12%
80
56
10
3
Wilson Tuckey (88)
43rd
2010-2013
150
145
96.66%
70
59
11
5
Bronwyn Bishop (81)
44th
2013-2016
153
151
98.69%
56
75
15
5
Bronwyn Bishop (81)
45th
2016-2019
153
153
100%
71
60
16
6
Bob Katter (78)
46th
2019-2022
153
152
99.34%
69
61
16
6
Bob Katter (78)
47th
2022-2025
153
152
99.34%
77
43
15
17
Bob Katter (78)

 

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