Ron Bertram, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ron Bertram

Date of Birth: 22-Jun-1924

Place of Birth: Inglewood, Western Australia, Australia

Date of Death: 17-Nov-2014

Profession: military personnel

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Ron Bertram

  • Ronald Edward "Ron" Bertram (22 June 1924 – 17 November 2014) was an Australian lawyer and politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1968 to 1989.
  • He briefly served as a minister in the government of John Tonkin. Bertram was born in Perth to Maude (née Bennett) and Walter Bertram.
  • He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in June 1943, and saw service in New Guinea during the war.
  • Bertram was discharged from the army in 1946, and subsequently worked as an accountant.
  • He later studied law part-time, and was called to the bar in 1954, allowing him to practise as a barrister.
  • Bertram first ran for parliament at the 1965 state election.
  • He contested the newly created North Metropolitan Province, but was defeated by Arthur Griffith of the Liberal Party.
  • Bertram eventually entered parliament at the 1968 state election, replacing the retiring Bill Hegney in the seat of Mount Hawthorn.Bertram was re-elected at the 1971 state election, which saw a Labor victory, and was then appointed Attorney-General and Minister for Railways in the new ministry formed by John Tonkin.
  • However, he resigned from cabinet after just under seven months in office, due to ill health.
  • He was the shortest-serving state attorney-general since Frederick Moorhead in 1901.
  • Following Labor's defeat at the 1974 state election, Bertram was included in Labor's Tonkin shadow cabinet.
  • He remained a member until 1980, serving under three leaders of the opposition (John Tonkin, Colin Jamieson, and Ron Davies).
  • At the 1983 election, the seat of Mount Hawthorn was abolished, and Bertram successfully transferred to the seat of Balcatta, which he held until his retirement at the 1989 election.
  • He died in Perth in November 2014, aged 90.

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