Andrew Peacock

Australian Politician
Born Feb 13, 1939

Andrew Sharp Peacock AC, GCL, is a former Australian Liberal politician. He was a minister in the Gorton, McMahon and Fraser governments, and was federal leader of the Liberal Party of Australia 1983–1985 and 1989–1990. He was Chairman of Octaviar Ltd, a Financial Services and Property Group based on the Gold Coast, Queensland during its collapse.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Andrew Peacock.


1939 Birth Born on February 13, 1939.


1962 23 Years Old He was president of the Young Liberals in 1962, and in 1963 he married Susan Rossiter (b. 1942), the daughter of Victorian Liberal MLA Sir John Rossiter and Joan Stewart. … Read More
1965 26 Years Old By 1965 he was President of the Victorian Liberal Party.
1966 27 Years Old In February 1966, former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies resigned, triggering a by-election in Kooyong, the eastern Melbourne electorate that he had held for 32 years. … Read More


1969 30 Years Old In 1969 he was appointed Minister for the Army, and in this role played a minor part in the drama which brought down Prime Minister John Gorton in 1971.
1972 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972 William McMahon made him Minister for Territories, in charge of Australia's colonial possession, Papua New Guinea, where he was responsible for bringing in self-government.
1974 35 Years Old When Snedden lost the 1974 election, Peacock began to be seen as a leadership candidate, but it was Malcolm Fraser who took the initiative and deposed Snedden in 1975.
1975 36 Years Old Fraser made Peacock foreign affairs spokesperson, and when Fraser led the Liberals back to power in December 1975 Peacock became Minister for Foreign Affairs, aged 36.


1980 41 Years Old 1 More Event
He served as Foreign Minister until 1980, acquiring a reputation as an international playboy, particularly through his well-publicised relationship with Shirley MacLaine (his marriage had by this time ended in divorce). … Read More
1981 - 1982 2 More Events
1984 45 Years Old As Opposition Leader, Peacock faced an uphill battle against the hugely popular Hawke. At the 1984 election he was given little chance of winning, but he performed better than expected by reducing Hawke's majority.
1985 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, as Labor's position in opinion polls improved, Peacock's popularity sank and Howard's profile rose, keeping leadership speculation alive. … Read More


1989 50 Years Old But Peacock's supporters began to plot against Howard, and in May 1989 they mounted a party room coup which returned Peacock to the leadership. … Read More
On 18 March 1990, Peacock was interviewed by Laurie Oakes on the television program Sunday, regarding his stance on the Multifunction Polis (MFP), a proposal to build a Japanese funded technology city in Australia. … Read More
1993 54 Years Old He returned to Foreign Affairs when Hewson lost the 1993 election to Paul Keating. … Read More
1994 55 Years Old Peacock resigned from Parliament in September 1994.
1996 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996 when asked about blocking John Howard, Malcolm Fraser said Peacock obviously was, while Peacock claimed he supported John Hewson continuing.


1999 60 Years Old His daughter Ann Peacock married Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger in 1999. … Read More
2002 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002 he married Penne Percy Korth, a Washington, D.C. society figure and former United States Ambassador to Mauritius.
2006 67 Years Old For his role in bringing in New Guinea independence, Peacock was appointed a Chief Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu in 2006.
2007 68 Years Old He retired from the company in 2007, and later joined Brisbane-based fund manager MFS Ltd as chairman.
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