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John Nelson

In office
10 December 1949 – 31 October 1966
Preceded by Adair Blain
Succeeded by Sam Calder

Born 28 May 1908(1908-05-28)
Bundaberg, Queensland
Died 20 June 1991 (aged 83)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Pastoralist

John Norman Nelson (28 May 1908 – 20 June 1991) was an Australian politician. Born in Bundaberg, Queensland, the son of politician Harold Nelson, he was educated at state schools in Darwin before becoming a jackeroo and goldminer, and later a bore contractor at Alice Springs. After serving in the military from 1942 to 1945, he became a pastoralist. In 1949, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Northern Territory, defeating the sitting independent, Adair Blain. At this time, the member for Northern Territory could only vote on matters relating to the Territory itself. In 1963, he was re-elected unopposed, the last occasion when a member was returned to the House of Representatives in this fashion. He retired in 1966, an occasion used by the Country Party to take the seat. Nelson returned to pastoralism and served as Mayor of Alice Springs and Administrator of the Northern Territory (1973-1975) before his death in 1991.[1]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-11-09.  
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Adair Blain
Member for Northern Territory
1949 – 1966
Succeeded by
Sam Calder


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