Cook ministry

The Cook ministry (Liberal) was the 9th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 6th Prime Minister, Joseph Cook. The Cook Ministry succeeded the Second Fisher ministry, which dissolved on 24 June 1913 following the federal election that took place in May which saw the Liberals defeat Andrew Fisher's Labor Party - albeit with a one-seat majority. The ministry was replaced by the Third Fisher ministry on 17 September 1914 following the federal election that took place on 5 September which saw Labor defeat the Commonwealth Liberals.[1]

Cook ministry
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9th Ministry of Australia
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Group photo of the Cook ministry
Date formed24 June 1913
Date dissolved17 September 1914
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
Governor-GeneralLord Denman
Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson
Prime MinisterJoseph Cook
No. of ministers10
Member partyLiberal
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderAndrew Fisher
Election(s)31 May 1913
Outgoing election5 September 1914
Legislature term(s)5th
PredecessorSecond Fisher ministry
SuccessorThird Fisher ministry

Willie Kelly, who died in 1960, was the last surviving member of the Cook ministry.


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Liberal Rt Hon Joseph Cook

MP for Parramatta

  Hon (Sir) William Irvine (KCMG) KC

MP for Flinders

  Rt Hon Sir John Forrest GCMG

MP for Swan

  Hon Paddy Glynn KC

MP for Angas

  Hon Edward Millen

Senator for New South Wales

  Hon Littleton Groom

MP for Darling Downs

  Hon Agar Wynne

MP for Balaclava

  Hon James McColl

Senator for Victoria

  Hon John Clemons

Senator for Tasmania

  • Minister without Portfolio
  Hon Willie Kelly

MP for Wentworth

  • Minister without Portfolio


  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2016.