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Sir David Brand (Liberal)

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Sir David Brand 2 April 1959 to 3 March 1971

Sir David Brand was born at Dongara, near Geraldton, and came from an early farming family who had property at Mullewa.

He left school at seventh grade and remained on the family farm until he was 23 years old. However, he finally left the farm to work in Kalgoorlie as a treatment hand, filter specialist and shift boss at the Golden Horseshoe Mine. When World War II broke out he enlisted in the Army and embarked for Egypt. He saw action in North Africa, Libya, Tobruk and finally served in Greece where he was wounded.

He spent a year in hospital before returning to Australia where he was invalided out of the Army.

He took over the general store at Dongara and joined the newly-formed Liberal Party. He won the seat of Greenough in 1945 and became the first member of the newly-formed Liberal Party to be elected to an Australian Parliament.

He served in the McLarty government in ministries including Housing, Works and Water. Brand became leader of the party in 1957 and led the party to power in 1959.

Under his Premiership - and with Sir Charles Court as his Industrial Development Minister - there was unprecedented industrial development in the State, including the development of the Kwinana industrial strip, the standard gauge railway from Kalgoorlie to Kwinana, mining in the Pilbara and progress on the Ord River scheme.

Brand was defeated at the polls in 1971. His 11 years, 11 months and one day Premiership was a record time in office. Sir Charles Court took over as leader in 1972. Brand resigned his seat in 1975 due to ill health after holding it for nearly 30 years.

He died when visiting Carnamah near Dongara in 1979.


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