Dan van Holst Pellekaan

Daniel Cornelius van Holst Pellekaan is an Australian politician, representing the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Stuart for the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia since the 2010 state election.[2] Van Holst Pellekaan has served as the Minister for Energy and Mining in the Marshall Ministry since 22 March 2018.[3][4]

Dan van Holst Pellekaan

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Minister for Energy and Mining
Assumed office
22 March 2018 (2018-03-22)
PremierSteven Marshall
Preceded byTom Koutsantonis (as Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy)
Member of the South Australian House of Assembly
for Stuart
Assumed office
20 March 2010
Preceded byGraham Gunn
Personal details
Daniel Cornelius van Holst Pellekaan

Canberra, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia (SA)
Spouse(s)Rebecca van Holst Pellekaan
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania
OccupationBasketball player
Basketball career
Personal information
Career information
Playing career1985–1988
Career history
1985–1988[1]Hobart Devils

Early life and educationEdit

Van Holst Pellekaan was born in Canberra, to a Dutch father who had emigrated to Australia at the age of two. The family moved to Washington D.C. when his father was offered a position at the World Bank,[5] and Dan attended the Maret School. He was active in sport, playing American football and basketball for Maret, and later moved to Canada to study and play basketball at the University of Toronto.[6]

He moved back to Australia when he was recruited by the Hobart Devils basketball team in Tasmania, where he played for four years while studying for a Bachelor of Economics degree.[6][7]

After graduating, van Holst Pellekaan moved to Melbourne to work for BP. He later moved to the outback where he and some friends bought Spud's Roadhouse in Pimba, South Australia. After seven years, he worked in other tourism ventures, then moved to Wilmington after meeting his wife, Rebecca.

Political careerEdit

In Wilmington, following the announcement of the retirement of Graham Gunn, van Holst Pellekaan gained Liberal Party endorsement for the seat of Stuart;[6] and was elected at the 2010 state election.

Following the 2018 state election, van Holst Pellekaan was appointed as the Minister for Energy and Mining.[8]


Van Holst Pellekaan was listed as a “bronze sponsor” of the 2018 Kapunda Rodeo in the event programme.


  1. ^ "Dan Van Holst Pellekan". Player Profile. SportsTG. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  2. ^ "2010 election". Electoral Commission of South Australia.
  3. ^ MacLennan, Leah (22 March 2018). "SA election: Who's who in the new South Australian Liberal Government?". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  4. ^ "The South Australian Government Gazette, 22 March 2018, No. 20, Supplementary Gazette" (PDF). Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Van Holst Pellekaan benoemd bij Wereldbank". Dutch Australian Weekly. 25 (29). New South Wales, Australia. 7 May 1976. p. 2. Retrieved 24 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia. (in Dutch)
  6. ^ a b c "Dan van Holst Pellekaan – the Mid North MP who is playing to win". The Advertiser. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  7. ^ SA Parliamentary Profile: Mr Dan van Holst Pellekaan
  8. ^ Siebert, Bension (22 March 2018). "Marshall unveils new Cabinet". InDaily. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Koutsantonis
as Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy
Minister for Energy and Mining
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Graham Gunn
Member for Stuart