- John Cramer (Australian politician)
Sir John Cramer
Member of the Australian Parliament
10 December 1949 – 11 April 1974
Preceded by Division created Succeeded by John Howard Personal details Born 18 February 1896 Died 18 May 1994(aged 98) Nationality Australian Political party Liberal Spouse(s) Dame Mary Therese Cramer (died 1984); four children Occupation Local politician
John Cramer was elected as Mayor of North Sydney in 1939. Later he was Chairman of the Sydney County Council. He was elected to the House of Representatives as the inaugural representative of the seat of Bennelong on its creation in 1949. In 1956, the Prime Minister Robert Menzies appointed him Minister for the Army, a portfolio he held until 1963.
In 1922 he married Mary Therese Earls, a teacher, charity worker and community activist. The couple had four children. In 1939 she assumed the duties of lady mayoress of North Sydney. She later organised a Voluntary Aid Detachment for North Sydney at the beginning of World War II, as well as the first group of the Women's Australian National Service in Sydney and became its first commandant (see biography for Dame Mary Cramer). For these services to Australia she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1971.
Dame Mary Cramer died on 23 September 1984 (age unknown).
- Cramer, John (1989). Pioneers, politics and people : a political memoir. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. pp. 231. ISBN 0044421044.
- ^ "The Hon John Howard MP, Member for Bennelong (NSW), First Speech To Parliament". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. 26 September 1974. http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/firstspeech.asp?id=ZD4. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
- ^ "Cramer, John Oscar". Its an Honour. http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1083248&search_type=simple&showInd=true. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
- ^ "Cramer, Dame Mary Therese". Australian Women. National Foundation for Australian Women. http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/IMP0023b.htm. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
Political offices Preceded by
Minister for the Army
1956 – 1963
Parliament of Australia New title Member for Bennelong
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