Tony Messner

Anthony John Messner AM (born 24 September 1939) is a former Australian politician and government minister.

Tony Messner
Administrator of Norfolk Island
In office
4 August 1997 – 30 July 2003
Preceded byAlan Kerr
Succeeded byGrant Tambling
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
In office
3 November 1980 – 11 March 1983
Prime MinisterMalcolm Fraser
Preceded byEvan Adermann
Succeeded byArthur Gietzelt
Senator for South Australia
In office
13 December 1975 – 17 April 1990
Succeeded byJohn Olsen
Personal details
Born (1939-09-24) 24 September 1939 (age 82)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLiberal

Messner was born in Melbourne and educated at a state primary school in Queensland, Pulteney Grammar School, Adelaide and the South Australian Institute of Technology.[1]

Messner was elected as a Senator for South Australia at the 1975 election. He was appointed Minister for Veterans' Affairs in November 1980 and held that position until the defeat of the Fraser government at the March 1983 election. He resigned from parliament in April 1990.[2]

Messner was Administrator of Norfolk Island from August 1997 to July 2003. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for "service to the Australian Parliament, to Norfolk Island as Administrator, and to the community, particularly veterans and their families".[3]


  1. ^ Who's who in Australia. North Melbourne: Crown Content. 2008. p. 2303. ISBN 978-1-74095-160-9.
  2. ^ "Members of the Senate since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 7 September 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Messner, Anthony John". It's an Honour. Government of Australia. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Succeeded by