Charles Marr

Charles Marr
The Honourable
Sir Charles Marr
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Parkes
In office
13 December 1919 – 12 October 1929
Preceded by Bruce Smith
Succeeded by Edward McTiernan
In office
31 January 1931 – 21 August 1943
Preceded by Edward McTiernan
Succeeded by Les Haylen
Personal details
Born 23 March 1880(1880-03-23)
Petersham, Sydney
Died 20 October 1960(1960-10-20) (aged 80)
Pymble, Sydney
Nationality Australian
Political party Nationalist (1919–31)
UAP (1931–43)
Spouse(s) Ethel May Ritchie
Occupation Electrical engineer

Sir Charles William Clanan Marr KCVO (23 March 1880 – 20 October 1960) was an Australian politician. He was a member of the Australian House of Representatives and government minister.

Marr was born in the Sydney suburb of Petersham and educated at Fort Street Model School, Newington College (1895)[1] and Sydney Technical College, graduating as an electrical engineer. He joined the state Postmaster-General's Department and transferred to the federal Postmaster-General's Department in 1901. He married Ethel May Ritchie in September 1905. He took an early interest in radio broadcasting and developed this interest while in military service with the first Australian Imperial Force during World War I in Mesopotamia. He received a Military Cross in 1917 and a Distinguished Service Order in 1918.[2]

Political career

Marr commenced his political career by winning the Nationalist Party endorsement for the seat of Parkes from the incumbent Bruce Smith, and easily won the seat in the 1919 general election.

In October 1927, he urged the Australian parliament not to highlight the past mistreatment of indigenous Australians, in order to preserve the White Australia policy:

"To review the past (...) would be to unjustly misrepresent the conditions that obtain today. If we were to broadcast to the world that nearly 100 years ago the aborigines were treated in a dastardly way-and admittedly they were-we should do injury to our White Australia policy; whereas we wish to convince the world that we are as mindful of our black brethren as of the whites." [3]

Marr lost the seat of Parkes to Edward McTiernan in 1929. However, he regained Parkes at a 1931 by-election when McTiernan resigned to join the High Court of Australia and held the seat until 1943, initially as a Nationalist and later as a member of the United Australia Party. Marr held a number of cabinet posts in the Bruce and Lyons governments, including Home and Territories, Works and Railways, Health and Repatriation.[2]

Marr died in the Sydney suburb of Pymble, survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. He was made a knight of the Royal Victorian Order in 1934 for his role in organising the Australian tour of the Duke of Gloucester.[2]


  1. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp126
  2. ^ a b c Lloyd, C. J. (1986). "Marr, Sir Charles William Clanan (1880–1960)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 10 November 2007. 
  3. ^ John Summers (31 October 2000). "The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia and Indigenous Peoples 1901–1967". Research Paper 10 2000–01. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
Political offices
Preceded by
William Glasgow
Minister for Home and Territories
Succeeded by
Neville Howse
New title Minister for Works and Railways
Title abolished
New title Minister in charge of Territories
Succeeded by
Harry Lawson
Preceded by
John McNeill
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
Billy Hughes
Preceded by
Charles Hawker
Minister for Repatriation
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bruce Smith
Member for Parkes
Succeeded by
Edward McTiernan
Preceded by
Edward McTiernan
Member for Parkes
Succeeded by
Les Haylen

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