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Peter White (Australian politician)

Peter Nicholson Duckett White, MC (19 January 1936 – 13 February 2005) was an Australian Army officer and politician. Born in Brisbane, he was educated at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and the Australian National University in Canberra. He served in the Australian Army from 1954 to 1975, during which time he deployed to Malaya and Vietnam, was awarded the Military Cross, and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1977, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Liberal member for Southport. He held that position until 1980,[1] when he was defeated by National Party candidate, Doug Jennings.

Peter White
Member of the Australian Parliament
for McPherson
In office
21 February 1981 – 19 February 1990
Preceded byEric Robinson
Succeeded byJohn Bradford
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Southport
In office
12 November 1977 – 29 November 1980
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byDoug Jennings
Personal details
Peter Nicholson Duckett White

(1936-01-19)19 January 1936
Brisbane, Queensland
Died13 February 2005(2005-02-13) (aged 69)
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s)Shirley Estelle Mace (m.1964)
Alma materAustralian National University
Military service
Branch/serviceAustralian Army
Years of service1954–1975
RankLieutenant Colonel
Commands1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1973–74)
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsMilitary Cross

White then entered federal politics, winning the by-election for the Australian House of Representatives seat of McPherson caused by the death of Liberal minister Eric Robinson. Although challenged by National Country Party Senator Glen Sheil, he won the seat safely. He held the seat until his retirement in 1990. White died in 2005.[2]


  1. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 26 July 2008.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Southport
Succeeded by
Doug Jennings
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Eric Robinson
Member for McPherson
Succeeded by
John Bradford