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Bjelke, Petersen, Johannes, Sir (Joh)

Born: 1911 AD
Died: 2005 AD, at 94 years of age.

Nationality: Australian
Categories: Politician


1911 - He was born on the 13th of January in in Dannevirke, New Zealand.

1913 - His family left for Australia, moving to Kingaroy in southeastern Queensland.

1933 - He began work on the family's newly acquired second property at land-clearing and peanut farming.

1946 - He was elected as Country Party member for Nanango in the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

1950-1987 - He was member for Barambah.

1957 - Bjelke-Petersen married Florence Gilmour.

1963 - He became Queensland works and housing minister.

1968 - He became Premier of Queensland on 8th of August.

1976 - He replaced Ray Whitrod as Commissioner.

         - In June, he blocked the proposed sale of a pastoral property on the Cape York Peninsula.

1982 - Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, thousands of protesters demonstrated in the streets of Brisbane.

1984 - He created a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, for "services to parliamentary democracy".

1991 - Bjelke Petersen faced criminal trial for perjury.

2003 - He re-appeared in the public spotlight when he filed a lawsuit seeking $338 million.

2005 - He died on the 23rd of April and was buried at his property "Bethany" at Kingaroy.


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