Crawford Nalder

Sir Crawford David Nalder (14 February 1910 – 8 December 1994) was an Australian politician who served as Deputy Premier of Western Australia from 1962 to 1971. He was leader of the Country Party in Western Australia from 1962 to 1973.

Sir Crawford Nalder
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Deputy Premier of Western Australia
In office
1 February 1962 – 3 March 1971
PremierSir David Brand
Preceded byArthur Watts
Succeeded byHerb Graham
Leader of the Country Party
in Western Australia
In office
1 February 1962 – 17 July 1973
Preceded byArthur Watts
Succeeded byRay McPharlin
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
15 March 1947 – 25 March 1950
Preceded bySydney Stubbs
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
In office
25 March 1950 – 30 March 1974
Preceded byArthur Watts
Succeeded byDick Old
Personal details
Born(1910-02-14)14 February 1910
Katanning, Western Australia
Died8 December 1994(1994-12-08) (aged 84)
Bentley, Western Australia
Political partyCountry Party

Nalder was born in Katanning, Western Australia. A farmer, he was elected to Legislative Assembly at the 1947 state election, winning the seat of Wagin. He switched to the seat of Katanning at the 1950 election. Having served as the party's deputy leader since 1956, Nalder replaced Arthur Watts as leader of the Country Party in 1962. He maintained the existing coalition with the Liberal Party (led by David Brand), with the Brand government eventually being defeated at the 1971 election. Nalder retired from parliament in 1974 and was knighted later that year.

Early lifeEdit

Nalder was born in Katanning, a small town in Western Australia's Great Southern region, to Janet (née Painter) and Henry Arthur Nalder.[1] He received his early education from state schools in Colanilling, Ballaying, and Bonnie Doon,[2] but boarded at Wesley College, Perth, for his final two years of schooling. After graduating in 1925, Nalder returned to the country, farming at Wagin. From 1932, he served as a lay preacher in the Methodist Church.[2] In October 1936, whilst travelling on the Perth–Wagin Road with two of his brothers, he received a severe concussion after their truck overturned.[3] During World War II, Nalder enlisted in the Australian Army, serving as a private in the 10th Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps.[4]


A long-time member of the Country Party, Nalder stood for the Legislative Assembly seat of Wagin in the 1947 state elections, and was elected over two other Country Party candidates and one Labor Party candidate.[5] The electoral district of Wagin was abolished in a redistribution prior to the 1950 state elections, and Nalder successfully contested Katanning, which had been vacated following the decision of Arthur Watts, the leader of the party, to move to Stirling. He would hold Katanning until his retirement in 1974, on occasion being re-elected unopposed.[6]

Following Labor's defeat in the 1959 state elections, Nalder was named Minister for Agriculture in the Brand–Watts Ministry, a position he held from 2 April 1959 through to 3 March 1971. From 12 April 1962, he was also Minister for Electricity.[7] Nalder had been elected deputy leader of the Country Party in 1956, replacing Lindsay Thorn, and on Watts' retirement in February 1962, succeeded him as the party's leader (and deputy premier to David Brand). He remained a member of cabinet in the reconstituted Brand–Nalder Ministry until the defeat of the Liberal–Country coalition at the 1971 election, and continued in parliament until the 1974 election.[2]

Later lifeEdit

On 15 June 1974, following his retirement, Nalder was created a Knight Bachelor.[8][9] He eventually retired to Bentley (a suburb of Perth), dying there in December 1994 (aged 84).[10] Nalder's son, Cambell Nalder, served as member for Narrogin from 1986 until his death the following year, and a grandson, Dean Nalder, is the current Liberal Party member for Alfred Cove.[11] A granddaughter, Karen Middleton, is a political correspondent for SBS Television, currently covering federal politics in the Canberra Press Gallery.[12]


  1. ^ "Descendants of Joshua Nalder and Agnes Weston". Nalder-Jones Family History. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Private Archives - Collection Listing - NALDER Sir Crawford David" (PDF). J S Battye Library of West Australian History. State Library of Western Australia. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Utility Truck Overturns: Three Men Seriously Injured". The West Australian. 10 October 1936. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Nalder, Crawford David". World War Two Nominal Roll. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  5. ^ "THE CANDIDATES: Contests for Thirty Seats". The West Australian. 15 March 1947. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Contests For 28 Assembly Seats". The West Australian. 31 January 1953. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Agriculture Ministers of Western Australia" (PDF). Parliamentary Library of Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  8. ^ "NALDER, Crawford David". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  9. ^ "No. 46521". The London Gazette. 18 March 1975. p. 3625.
  10. ^ "Wagin Cemetery". Lorraine's Cemetery Records Page. Lorraine Larment. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Nalder campaign kicks in". inMyCommunity. 7 August 2012. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  12. ^ MacDonald, Janine (1997). New Bureau ChiefThe West Australian. Published 27 September 1997. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lionel Kelly
Minister for Agriculture
Succeeded by
David Evans
Preceded by
Arthur Watts
Deputy Premier of Western Australia
Succeeded by
Herb Graham
Preceded by
Edgar Lewis
Minister for Electricity
Succeeded by
Colin Jamieson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Watts
Leader of the Country Party of Western Australia
Succeeded by
Ray McPharlin