Sir Condor Louis Laucke, KCMG (9 November 1914 – 30 July 1993)[1] was an Australian Liberal Party politician who served in both the South Australian House of Assembly and the Federal Senate, before becoming Lieutenant-Governor of South Australia.

Early life

Condor Laucke was the youngest son of a German immigrant, Friedrich Laucke, who had migrated to South Australia from Bremen in 1895. In 1899, his father established Laucke Mills at Greenock in South Australia's Barossa Valley.[2] Laucke was educated at Immanuel College and the School of Mines in Adelaide,[3] and after graduating, joined the family business, becoming Director and General Manager of what was now a large milling and stock feed enterprise in 1947.[4]

State politics

Laucke was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly in the 1956 election, representing the Electoral district of Barossa[5] as part of Sir Thomas Playford's Liberal and Country League government. He was re-elected in 1959 and 1962, and from 1962 to 1965 served as Government Whip and was regarded by colleagues as a potential future leader of the Liberal and Country League.[3] However Laucke lost his seat to Labor candidate Molly Byrne in the 1965 election which swept the Liberal and Country League from office after 32 years in government—an election campaign in which Barossa, where northern Adelaide urban sprawl was overflowing into an otherwise rural and conservative electorate, was particularly targeted by Labor.

Federal politics

Laucke as President of the Senate

Laucke then moved into Federal politics, being appointed as a Senator for South Australia to fill the vacancy left by the death of Senator Clive Hannaford, his term beginning on 2 November 1967.[6] He represented South Australia until 1981, being re-elected in 1967, 1974 and 1975,[1] and was President of the Australian Senate from 17 February 1976 until 30 June 1981.[7]

Other activities

In 1974, Laucke was one of the founding members of the , an organisation formed to promote the Barossa Valley and its winemaking and grape growing industries, to preserve its heritage, traditions and standards, and to carry out philanthropic works.[8]

On 30 December 1978, Laucke was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George "for Services to the Parliament of Australia."[9]

After retiring from the Federal Parliament, Laucke acted as Lieutenant Governor of South Australia from July 1982 to April 1992,[10] during which time he performed the role of Governor for more than 300 days, while Governor Sir Donald Dunstan was either ill, out of the state or visiting remote areas.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b "1977 Senate - South Australia". Psephos. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  2. ^ "Laucke Mills History". Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  3. ^ a b H.G.P. Chapman (17 August 1993). "Condolences: Hon. Sir Condor Louis Laucke, KCMG". Hansard. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Condor Louis Laucke". Barons of Barossa. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 to 2007". Parliament of South Australia. 27 April 2007. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  6. ^ "Index of Senate appointments 1901-2003". Psephos. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Former Presidents of the Senate". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  8. ^ "Barons of Barossa History". Barons of Barossa. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  9. ^ "It's an Honour". Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  10. ^ "The Governor". Governor of South Australia. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  11. ^ Peter A. Howell. "The Governors" (PDF). History Trust of South Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  • Cockburn, Stewart (26 June 1982). "Inside Today". The Canberra Times (Canberra).

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South Australian House of Assembly
District created Member for Barossa
1956–1965
Succeeded by
Molly Byrne
Political offices
Preceded by
Justin O'Byrne
President of the Australian Senate
1976–1981
Succeeded by
Harold Young
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Walter Crocker
Lieutenant-Governor of South Australia
1982–1992
Succeeded by
Basil Hetzel