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Hon Andrew S Peacock AC GCL

Scotch College (VIC)

13 February 1939 – 16 April 2021

Andrew Peacock raced in the Scotch College first eight in both 1956 and 1957. There is no reference of him rowing after school but he did lend his support to the Monash University Rowing Club when that club flourished.

Andrew Peacock is of course best known as a prominent politician and diplomat. 

After qualifying as a lawyer he succeeded the standing Prime Minister Robert Menzies becoming the MHR for the seat of Kooyong in the federal Parliament. He held that seat from 1966-94. Within three years he served in the ministry as Minister for the Army. In one of his later roles, he served as Minister for External Territories and paved the way for self government of Papua New Guinea in 1973. 

He became leader of the Opposition in 1983 but lost the 1984 election. He resigned that post but was re-elected to that position in 1989. He again lost an election in 1990 and again resigned as leader. He resigned from Parliament in 1994. He later served with distinction as Ambassador to the USA. 

Andrew Guerin
October 2021


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