How did Andrew Peacock Dies? Death and Cause
Former Australian Liberal leader and party stalwart, Andrew Peacock, has died in the United States aged 82.
His death was confirmed on Friday night by his daughter Ann Peacock in a tribute online to “my beautiful, loving, most caring, thoughtful, generous and brilliant father.”
Mr Peacock was born in Melbourne in 1939 and served as opposition leader twice from 1983-85 and from 1989-90. He was the member for the blue-ribbon Victorian seat of Kooyong from 1966 to 1994, inheriting the seat from Sir Robert Menzies.
After losing the leadership in 1985 to John Howard he became opposition foreign affairs minister until 1987 and then shadow treasurer until 1989.
He had a second stint as Opposition Leader in 1989-90, and later held several other shadow portfolios before retiring from politics in 1994.
He served as Australian Ambassador in Washington DC between 1997-2000.
How old was Andrew Peacock?
He was 82 years old.
Andrew Sharp Peacock Wikipedia
Andrew Sharp Peacock AC GCL (13 February 1939 – 16 April 2021) was a former Australian politician and diplomat. He served twice as leader of the Liberal Party (1983–1985 and 1989–1990), leading the party to defeat at the 1984 and 1990 elections. He had earlier been a long-serving cabinet minister.
Peacock was born in Melbourne and attended Scotch College before studying law at the University of Melbourne. A former president of the Young Liberals, he was elected to Parliament at the age of 27, filling the blue-ribbon seat of Kooyong, vacated by Sir Robert Menzies. Peacock was appointed to cabinet in 1969 by John Gorton and later served under William McMahon and Malcolm Fraser. He held a variety of portfolios, most notably serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1975 to 1980. He unsuccessfully challenged Fraser for the Liberal leadership in 1982, but was then elected as Fraser’s successor following the party’s defeat at the 1983 election.
At the 1984 election, the Peacock-led Coalition slightly reduced Labor’s majority. He resigned the Liberal leadership the following year after failing to have his deputy John Howard removed; he was duly replaced by Howard. He remained a member of the shadow cabinet, and in 1987 unsuccessfully challenged Howard for the leadership; he was instead elected deputy leader. Peacock finally returned as leader in 1989. However, his second term lasted less than a year, as he resigned after another electoral defeat in 1990. Peacock left politics in 1994 and was later appointed Ambassador to the United States (1997–1999). Along with Tom Hughes, he was the last surviving Liberal member of the Second Gorton Ministry (1969-1971) and the McMahon Ministry.
Andrew Sharp Peacock Early life
Peacock was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the son of Andrew Sharp Peacock Sr and his wife, Iris Lamb. His father was a marine engineer and one of the founders of Peacock and Smith Ltd, a large shipbuilding firm. He was educated at Scotch College and at the University of Melbourne, where he graduated in law. He practised law in Melbourne while making a rapid advance in the Liberal Party. He unsuccessfully contested the seat of Yarra in the 1961 federal election, although he bucked the national trend by increasing the Liberal primary vote, impressing party elders. He was president of the Young Liberals in 1962 and, in 1963, he married Susan Rossiter (1942–2016), the daughter of Victorian Liberal MLA Sir John Rossiter. They had three daughters, one of them being the horse trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam. By 1965 he was president of the Victorian Liberal Party.
Andrew Sharp Peacock Honours
Peacock was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1997.
For his role in bringing in New Guinea independence, Peacock was appointed a Chief Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu in 2006.
In 2017, Peacock was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the government of Japan, “for his contribution to strengthening and promoting friendly relations between Japan and Australia”.
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