Sir Percy Ernest Joske, CMG (5 October 1895 – 25 April 1981) was an Australian politician. Born in Melbourne, youngest of three children of Ernest Joske, a German-born solicitor, and his Victorian-born wife Evalyne, née Richards. Evalyne died giving birth to him and Ernest remarried in 1898. He attended Wesley College and then the University of Melbourne before being called to the bar in 1917. He served in the military 1943–45, and returned to become a law lecturer at the University of Melbourne, a position he held from 1949 to 1952. He was also an author. In 1951, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for the blue-ribbon seat of Balaclava, being elected in the by-election following the resignation of Thomas White. Joske resigned in 1960 to become Judge of the Commonwealth Industrial Court. He was subsequently appointed to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (1960–77) and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory (1961–77). He was knighted in 1967, and died in 1981; a year before his death, he published a biography of Sir Robert Menzies.[1]

Sir Percy Joske
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Balaclava
In office
28 July 1951 – 2 June 1960
Preceded byThomas White
Succeeded byRay Whittorn
Personal details
Born(1895-10-05)5 October 1895
Albert Park, Victoria
Died25 April 1981(1981-04-25) (aged 85)
Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
OccupationLawyer, author


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by Member for Balaclava
Succeeded by