Val Doube

Valentine Joseph Doube (3 January 1915 – 18 January 1988) was an Australian politician.

Val Doube
Victorian Minister of Health
In office
31 March 1955 – 8 June 1955
PremierJohn Cain
Preceded byBill Barry
Succeeded byEwen Cameron
Personal details
Valentine Joseph Doube

(1915-01-03)3 January 1915
Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Died18 January 1988(1988-01-18) (aged 73)
Political partyLabor Party
Freda May Scott
(m. 1941)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
OccupationSchoolteacher and public servant
Military service
Branch/serviceAustralian Imperial Force (1941–43)
Royal Australian Air Force (1943–45)
Years of service1941–1945
RankLance Corporal (AIF)
Flying Officer (RAAF)

Born in Brighton to hat maker Francis William Robert Doube and Honora Fitzgerald, Doube was educated at St James' School in Gardenvale before studying at Melbourne University, receiving a Diploma of Physical Education in 1940. He taught physical education in primary schools from 1933 until 1941, when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. On 17 May 1941 he married Freda May Scott, with whom he had three sons. In 1943 he transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force, where he remained until the end of the war.

In 1945, the year he joined the Labor Party, Doube began work at the Department of Immigration. In 1946, he unsuccessfully contested the federal seat of Henty in a by-election. In 1950 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the member for Oakleigh. He was appointed Minister for Health in March 1955 but lost the position following Labor's crushing defeat at that year's elections.

Doube held his seat until 1961, when he was defeated, but returned to the Assembly in 1970 as the member for Albert Park. He retired from politics in 1979, becoming an executive member of Amnesty International and a member of the Victorian State Relief Committee.[1]


  1. ^ "Doube, Valentine Joseph". Parliament of Victoria. 1985. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
John Lechte
Member for Oakleigh
Succeeded by
Alan Scanlan
Preceded by
Keith Sutton
Member for Albert Park
Succeeded by
Bunna Walsh
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Barry
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Ewen Cameron