William McMahon

Prime Minister of Australia
Born Feb 23, 1908

Sir William McMahon, GCMG, CH, was an Australian Liberal politician and the 20th Prime Minister of Australia. He was the longest continuously serving government minister in Australian history and the longest serving Prime Minister never to have won an election.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on February 23, 1908.
1917 9 Years Old McMahon was born in Sydney, Australia, to an Australian mother and an Irish-Australian father, and was one of four children. When his mother died in 1917, when he was 9, McMahon was brought up by relatives and guardians, the most prominent among them his maternal uncle, who became Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1932. … Read More


1942 34 Years Old He achieved the rank of captain in 1942 and was promoted to major in 1943, before he was classified medically unfit for overseas service. … Read More


…  McMahon was a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Lowe from his election in 1949 until his resignation in 1982. … Read More
1950 - 1951 2 More Events
1954 46 Years Old Appointed minister for social services in 1954, he supported the building of more rehabilitation facilities to enable disabled people to enter the workforce.
1956 48 Years Old The minister for trade, (Sir) John McEwen, lobbied the prime minister, (Sir) Robert Menzies, to promote McMahon and on 11 January 1956 he was elevated to cabinet as minister for primary industry. … Read More


1964 56 Years Old From 1964 to 1966 he was Vice-President of the Executive Council.
1965 57 Years Old In 1965, aged 57, McMahon married Sonia Rachel Hopkins, who was then aged 32. … Read More
1966 58 Years Old When Harold Holt replaced Menzies as prime minister on 26 January 1966, McMahon defeated (Sir) Paul Hasluck for the deputy leadership. … Read More
1967 59 Years Old 1 More Event
He introduced four budgets, gradually reducing the deficit from $644 million in 1967-68 to $30 million in 1969-70. … Read More


1970 62 Years Old …  He considered it inconsistent with the goals of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, signed under Gorton in 1970 and ratified under Whitlam in 1973.
1971 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, when Prime Minister John Gorton resigned after a leadership vote ended in a tie, McMahon became leader, thus becoming Prime Minister himself. … Read More
1972 - 1974 2 More Events
1975 67 Years Old He retained his seat in Parliament in the 1975, 1977 and 1980 elections.
1977 69 Years Old McMahon became Joint Father of the House of Representatives with Clyde Cameron in 1977, and sole Father in 1980 when Cameron retired.
1981 73 Years Old On the retirement of Senator Justin O'Byrne in 1981, he became Father of the Parliament.
1982 74 Years Old 1 More Event
McMahon remained a member of Parliament until 1982, when he resigned. … Read More
1988 80 Years Old McMahon died of cancer in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point on 31 March 1988 aged 80. … Read More
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