Rupert Hamer

Australian Politician
Born Jul 29, 1916

Sir Rupert James Hamer, AC, KCMG, ED, generally known until he was knighted in 1982 as Dick Hamer, Australian Liberal Party politician, was the 39th Premier of Victoria, serving from 1972 to 1981.

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1916 Birth Born in 1916.


1936 20 Years Old Dick Hamer was educated at Geelong Grammar School and graduated in law from the University of Melbourne, where he was resident at Trinity College from 1936. … Read More
1939 23 Years Old He joined the Australian Army in 1939 and served at Tobruk and El Alamein and in New Guinea and Normandy. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old In 1944 he married April Mackintosh, with whom he had five children.


1958 42 Years Old In 1958 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for East Yarra Province.
1962 46 Years Old He was appointed to the cabinet of the long-serving Premier, Henry Bolte, in 1962, becoming Assistant Chief Secretary.
1964 48 Years Old He was Minister for Local Government 1964–1971. … Read More


1972 56 Years Old Bolte retired in 1972 and Hamer succeeded him as Liberal leader and Premier, despite opposition from the conservative wing of the party.
1973 57 Years Old Hamer represented such a sharp change from the Bolte era that he was able to campaign in the 1973 election as a new, reformist leader, despite the fact that the Liberals had been in power for 18 years. … Read More
1974 58 Years Old Hamer was instrumental in the introduction of the Historic Buildings Act 1974 and made significant moves in 1977 which guaranteed the protection of several significant buildings including the Windsor Hotel and Regent Theatre in Melbourne and Shamrock Hotel in Bendigo.


1979 63 Years Old By 1979, however, the gloss was wearing off the Hamer image, as Victoria was beset by increasing economic difficulties, rising unemployment, industrial unrest and a decline in Victoria's traditional manufacturing industrial base. … Read More
1982 66 Years Old Hamer remained active in public and community affairs after his retirement. He was chairman of the Victorian State Opera from 1982 to 1995, president of the Victorian College of the Arts from 1982 to 1996 and a patron of the Public Transport Users Association from 1989.
2004 88 Years Old 1 More Event
Shortly after his death in 2004, the main concert hall of the Melbourne Arts Centre, of which Hamer had played a significant role in its development and the arts in Victoria generally, known as the Melbourne Concert Hall, was renamed the Hamer Hall.
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