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The Honourable
 John Armstrong 
AC


In office
1946 – 1948
Preceded by John Dedman
Succeeded by Richard Casey

In office
1948 – 1949
Preceded by William Ashley (Australian politician)
Succeeded by Richard Casey

In office
1966 – 1967
Preceded by Harry Jensen
Succeeded by Laurence Emmet McDermott

Born 10 July 1908(1908-07-10)
Sydney, Australia
Died 10 March 1977 (aged 68)
Batemans Bay, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party

John Ignatius Armstrong, AC (10 July 1908 – 10 March 1977) was an Australian politician and federal minister.

Armstrong was born in the Sydney suburb of Ultimo, New South Wales and ducated at St Bede's School, Pyrmont, and Marist Brothers' High School, Darlinghurst. In 1934, he was elected as an alderman of Sydney Municipal Council, representing the Australian Labor Party until 1948.[1]

Armstrong was selected for Labor's slate of candidates for the Australian Senate for the 1937 election partly because his name would appear high on the alphabetic ballot and he was duly elected, effective from July 1938. He married Joan Therese Josephine Curran in October 1945. He was appointed Minister for Munitions in Ben Chifley's November 1946 ministry. In April 1948, his portfolio was merged the Supply functions of William Ashley porfolio to create the portfolio of Supply and Development and he was attacked by the opposition for the breadth of his powers. Following Labor's defeat at the 1949 election, he became deputy-leader of the Opposition in the Senate. He was not a member of the Industrial Groups, but as a catholic with strong business interests in picture theatres, he was under constant attack from the left of the party. He was relegated to an unwinnable fourth position on Labour's ticket for the 1961 election and left parliament in July 1962.[1]

Armstrong was elected Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1966, but the position was abolished by the Askin government in 1967. The Whitlam government appointed him Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1973 to 1974. In 1977, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.[2] He died of a myocardial infarction in Batemans Bay, survived by his wife, a son and four daughters.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Dedman
Minister for Munitions
1946 – 1948
Succeeded by
Richard Casey
Preceded by
William Ashley
Minister for Supply and Development
1948 – 1949
Civic offices
Preceded by
Harry Jensen
Lord Mayor of Sydney
1966 - 1967
Succeeded by
Sir Laurence Emmet McDermott
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Downer
Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
1973 – 1974
Succeeded by
Sir John Bunting
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