Wal Fife

Wallace Clyde Fife (2 October 1929 – 16 November 2017) was an Australian politician and minister in the New South Wales Government and Federal Government.

Wal Fife
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Manager of Opposition Business
In office
14 August 1987 – 23 May 1992
Preceded byJohn Spender
Succeeded byWarwick Smith
Minister for Aviation
In office
7 May 1982 – 11 March 1983
Preceded byCharles Jones
Succeeded byKim Beazley
Minister for Education
In office
8 December 1979 – 7 May 1982
Preceded byJohn Carrick
Succeeded byPeter Baume
Minister for Consumer Affairs
In office
17 July 1977 – 8 December 1979
Preceded byJohn Howard
Succeeded byVictor Garland
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Farrer (1975-1984) & Hume (1984-1993)
In office
13 December 1975 – 8 February 1993
Preceded byDavid Fairbairn (Farrer)
Stephen Lusher (Hume)
Succeeded byTim Fischer (Farrer)
John Sharp (Hume)
Minister for Mines & Transport
In office
22 June 1967 – 10 October 1975
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Wagga Wagga
In office
14 December 1957 – 15 October 1975
Preceded byEdgar Graham
Succeeded byJoe Schipp
Personal details
Wallace Clyde Fife

(1929-10-02)2 October 1929
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Died16 November 2017(2017-11-16) (aged 88)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory[1]
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)Marcia Hargreaves Stanley
ChildrenTwo daughters; two sons.

Early lifeEdit

Fife was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, and was educated at Wagga Wagga Public School, Wagga Wagga and Canberra Grammar School. In 1948 he started working in the federal secretariat of the Liberal Party and in 1949 he joined his family business, Fifes Produce Pty Ltd, in Wagga Wagga. He married Marcia Hargreaves Stanley in May 1952 and they had two daughters and two sons.[2]

Political careerEdit

Fife was elected as the member for Wagga Wagga in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1957. He was Minister for Mines from June 1967 to January 1975, Minister for Conservation from March 1971 to June 1972, Minister for Power from June 1972 to January 1975 and Minister for Transport and Minister for Highways from January 1975 until his retirement from the New South Wales Parliament in October 1975.[2]

Fife won the Australian House of Representatives seat of Farrer at the 1975 election. He was Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs from July 1977 to December 1979, Minister for Education from December 1979 to May 1982 and Minister for Aviation from May 1982 until the defeat of the Fraser government at the March 1983 election. Following an electoral distribution that moved Wagga Wagga into the Division of Hume, he stood for and won that seat at the 1984 election. His role in Opposition included a stint as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives between May 1989 and April 1990, since Liberal deputy leader Fred Chaney was still a Senator. He retired from parliament prior to the 1993 election.[3]



  1. ^ Lindbeck, Jody (16 November 2017). "Former minister Wal Fife has died". The Daily Advertiser.
  2. ^ a b c "The Hon. Wallace Clyde Fife (1929–2017)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Biography for Fife, the Hon. Wallace Clyde". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Centenary Medal entry for The Hon Wallace Clyde Fife". It's an Honour, Australian Honours Database. Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 January 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2019.


New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Eddie Graham
Member for Wagga Wagga
Succeeded by
Joe Schipp
Political offices
Title last held by
John Daniel FitzGerald
Assistant Minister for Education
Title next held by
Bob Debus
Preceded by
Tom Lewis
Minister for Mines
1967 – 1975
Succeeded by
George Freudenstein
as Minister for Mines
Minister for Energy
New title Minister for Power
1972 – 1975
Preceded by
Jack Beale
Minister for Conservation
Succeeded by
George Freudenstein
Preceded by
George Freudenstein
Assistant Treasurer of New South Wales
Succeeded by
Max Ruddock
Preceded by
Milton Morris
Minister for Transport
Preceded by
Charles Cutler
Minister for Highways
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
David Fairbairn
Member for Farrer
Succeeded by
Tim Fischer
Preceded by
Stephen Lusher
Member for Hume
Succeeded by
John Sharp
Political offices
Preceded by
John Howard
Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs
Succeeded by
Victor Garland
Preceded by
John Carrick
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Peter Baume
Preceded by
Charles Jones
Minister for Aviation
Succeeded by
Kim Beazley