Gordon McArthur

Sir Gordon Stewart McArthur (7 April 1896 10 August 1965) was an Australian politician.

He was born in South Yarra to judge William Gilbert Stewart McArthur and Margaret Rutherford Macpherson. He attended Geelong College before studying at the University of Cambridge, where he received a Bachelor of Arts. During World War I he served in the Royal Field Artillery, and in 1917 he lost his leg at the Battle of Menin Road. After the war he worked for BHP in Newcastle, and in 1926 went to England, where he studied law. He was called to the bar in 1929, but in 1934 left his practice to manage his father's property near Camperdown, which he inherited the next year. In 1936 he married Theodosia Syme, with whom he had four children. In 1931 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council as a United Australia Party member for South Western Province. In 1955 he became a minister without portfolio, acquiring the Forests, State Development and Decentralisation portfolio in 1956. In 1958 he left the ministry to become the President of the Victorian Legislative Council; he was knighted the following year. He held the presidency until his death in East Melbourne in 1965. His nephew Peter McArthur was also a state politician.[1]


  1. Parliament of Victoria (2001). "McArthur, Sir Gordon Stewart". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
Victorian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Sir Clifden Eager
President of the Victorian Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Ronald Mack
Preceded by
Howard Hitchcock
Member for South Western
Served alongside: Horace Richardson; John Jones; Allan McDonald; Don Ferguson; Geoffrey Thom
Succeeded by
Stan Gleeson
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