Ivor Greenwood

The Honourable
Ivor Greenwood
Senator for Victoria
In office
21 February 1968  13 October 1976
Preceded by John Gorton
Succeeded by Austin Lewis
Personal details
Born (1926-11-15)15 November 1926
North Melbourne, Victoria
Died 13 October 1976(1976-10-13) (aged 49)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Lola Poppy Roney
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Barrister

Ivor John Greenwood (15 November 1926  13 October 1976) was an Australian politician and barrister.


Greenwood was born in North Melbourne and educated at Hartwell State School, Mont Albert Central State School, Scotch College and the University of Melbourne. He graduated in law in 1949 and then worked as an associate to (Sir) Frank Kitto and later Sir Owen Dixon, both of the High Court of Australia, before establishing his own practice as a barrister in 1952, working mainly in commercial and local government law. In December 1960 he married Lola Poppy Roney. He was appointed a QC in 1969.[1]

Political career

Greenwood had been a member of the Liberal Party of Australia since the 1940s and was nominated to fill a casual vacancy in the Australian Senate, created by John Gorton's move to the House of Representatives in 1968. He was appointed Minister for Health from March to August 1971 in the McMahon ministry and then Attorney-General until the defeat of the government in December 1972 election.[1]

Following the 1975 election, he was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, and became Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development in the Fraser ministry. In May 1976, he became gravely ill and in July his ministerial commission was withdrawn. In October 1976 he died of an acute heart attack with anoxic cerebral complications, survived by his wife, son and daughter.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Brown, N. A. (1996). "Greenwood, Ivor John (1926–76)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 24 October 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Forbes
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
Ken Anderson
Preceded by
Nigel Bowen
Succeeded by
Gough Whitlam
Preceded by
Kep Enderby
Succeeded by
Robert Ellicott
Preceded by
Jim Cavanagh
Minister for Police and Customs
Succeeded by
John Howard (customs)
Preceded by
Andrew Peacock (environment)
John Carrick (housing)
Minister for Environment, Housing
and Community Development

Succeeded by
Kevin Newman
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