Howard Beale (Australian politician)

Howard Beale (Australian politician)

Sir (Oliver) Howard Beale KBE (10 December 189817 October 1983) was an Australian politician and Ambassador to the United States. He was the father of Liberal Party of Australia politician Julian Beale. Sir Howard's grand daughter Debbie Beale is married to Labor party politician Bill Shorten.

Beale was born in Tamworth, New South Wales and educated at Sydney Boys High School and at the University of Sydney. He became a barrister in 1925 and established his own practice. In 1927 he married Margery Ellen Wood. In 1942 served as a sub-lieutenant on anti-submarine duties with the Royal Australian Naval Reserve.cite web
last = Hawke
first = Bob
authorlink =Bob Hawke
title =Death of Honourable Sir Howard Beale, KBE, QC
work= Hansard
publisher = Parliament of Australia
date = 18 October 1983
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accessdate = 2007-09-30

Beale was elected as the Liberal Party of Australia member for Parramatta in 1946 and became a member of the House Standing Committee on Public Works in 1947. With the election of the Robert Menzies government he became Minister for Information and Minister for Transport in the Menzies Ministry until 17 March 1950, when he became Minister for Supply, a position he retained until his retirement from parliament in February 1958. He was immediately appointed Ambassador to the United States and held that position until 1964.

Following his retirement, Beale was Regents' Visiting Professor in the University of California in 1966 and Regents' Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967 and 1969. He was president of the Arts Council of Australia from 1965 until 1968. He was survived by his wife, Lady Beale, and his son, Julian.


Beale was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1961.


*cite book
last =Beale
first =Howard
title =This inch of time : memoirs of politics and diplomacy
publisher =Melbourne University Press
date =1977
location =Carlton, Vic
pages =233
isbn = 0522841279


NAME = Beale, Howard
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Beale, Oliver Howard
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Australian politician and diplomat
DATE OF BIRTH = 10 December 1898
PLACE OF BIRTH = Tamworth, New South Wales
DATE OF DEATH = 17 October 1983

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