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BLACKMORE, Edwin Gordon (1837–1909)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments, 1901–08</span>

BLACKMORE, Edwin Gordon (1837–1909)
Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments, 1901–08

On the first of January 1901 at Centennial Park in Sydney, the first official business at the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia was the Proclamation of the Commonwealth and Letters-Patent of the Governor-General. They were read to the gathering by the man said to have ‘the most sonorous voice in official Australia’, Edwin Gordon Blackmore, Clerk of the Legislative Council of South Australia

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BOYDELL, Charles Broughton (1856–1919)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate, 1908–16</span>

BOYDELL, Charles Broughton (1856–1919)
Clerk of the Senate, 1908–16

Although there is no evidence that Charles Broughton Boydell had strong religious convictions, or indeed that he was very religious at all, he had excellent family connections with the Church of England. His mother was Mary Phoebe Broughton, elder daughter of the Rt Rev. William Grant Broughton, DD, one-time East India Company official, and chaplain of the Tower of London. Charles’ father, William Barker Boydell,

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BRADSHAW, Keith Oscar (1923–2017)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate, 1980–82</span>

BRADSHAW, Keith Oscar (1923–2017)
Clerk of the Senate, 1980–82

Like his predecessor Roy Bullock, Keith Bradshaw had a long and distinguished career in the Department of the Senate, assumed the office of Clerk at a relatively advanced age, and retired after approximately two years in office. Keith Oscar Bradshaw was born on 28 April 1923 in Broken Hill, New South Wales. He was the second child of Oscar Spelman Bradshaw, a railway car

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BROINOWSKI, Robert Arthur (1877–1959)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate, 1939–42</span>

BROINOWSKI, Robert Arthur (1877–1959)
Clerk of the Senate, 1939–42

Born in the Melbourne suburb of Balwyn on 1 December 1877, Robert Arthur Broinowski was the sixth of eight children of a Polish immigrant, Gracjusz (Gracius) Broinowski, and his wife, Jane, née Smith. Jane was the daughter of the captain of an English whaler, while Gracius, who at some time used the pseudonym Gracius Browne, was a salesman for the publisher, Hamel and Ferguson,

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BULLOCK, Roy Edward (1916–2006)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate, 1979–80</span>

BULLOCK, Roy Edward (1916–2006)
Clerk of the Senate, 1979–80

After a long career in the service of the Senate, Roy Bullock came to the office of Clerk only a few years short of the then compulsory retiring age of sixty-five. As it transpired, he was compelled to retire even earlier due to ill health. Roy Edward Bullock was born on 12 December 1916 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, the son of Edward,

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DUFFY, Charles Cashel Gavan (1855–1932)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate, 1917–20</span>

DUFFY, Charles Cashel Gavan (1855–1932)
Clerk of the Senate, 1917–20

Charles Cashel Gavan Duffy, the third Clerk of the Senate, made a notable contribution to the work of the early federal parliaments. He was born on 27 August 1855 at Blackrock, near Dublin, the second son of Charles Gavan Duffy and his second wife, Susan, née Hughes. He came to Australia with his parents in 1856 but returned to Britain in 1865, where he

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EDWARDS, John Ernest (1890–1958)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate, 1942–55</span>

EDWARDS, John Ernest (1890–1958)
Clerk of the Senate, 1942–55

‘Without its permanent administrative officials’, wrote the journalist Warren Denning in 1946, ‘Parliament would be a rudderless ship, a ship of state with many captains, lots of passengers, but no crew’. During his forty years as a parliamentary officer, John Ernest Edwards made a distinctive contribution to parliamentary government as a member of that ‘crew’ through his ‘mastery and knowledge of all forms of

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LOOF, Rupert Harry Colin (1900–2003)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate, 1955–65</span>

LOOF, Rupert Harry Colin (1900–2003)
Clerk of the Senate, 1955–65

Rupert Loof, the seventh Clerk of the Senate, became best known for his longevity, as he lived to the age of 102 years, and his time in retirement (thirty-eight years) was almost as long as his service to the Senate (thirty-nine years). Fortunately, he was a man of many interests and remained intellectually sharp to the very end of his life. Unfortunately, his fame

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MONAHAN, George Henry (1873–1944)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate, 1920–38</span>

MONAHAN, George Henry (1873–1944)
Clerk of the Senate, 1920–38

George Henry Monahan, fourth Clerk of the Senate, remains the longest serving holder of that office. His parliamentary career at state and federal levels spanned the ten years prior to Federation, the establishment of the Commonwealth Parliament in Melbourne in 1901 and the move to the provisional Parliament House in Canberra in 1927. He felt at first hand the effects of war and depression

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ODGERS, James Rowland (1914–1985)<br /> <span class=subheader>Clerk of the Senate, 1965–79</span>

ODGERS, James Rowland (1914–1985)
Clerk of the Senate, 1965–79

James Rowland Odgers, ‘the Odgers of the book’ and the eighth Clerk of the Senate, was largely self-educated. This was a key to his work. He was free of the prevailing and fashionable academic dogmas of his time. Instead, he learned his political science from the proceedings of the first constitutional conventions and the debates of the early Senate. He thereby anticipated by some

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