- Charles Marr
Sir Charles Marr
Member of the Australian Parliament
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
Died 20 October 1960(aged 80)
Nationality Australian Political party Nationalist (1919–31)
Spouse(s) Ethel May Ritchie Occupation Electrical engineer
Marr was born in the Sydney suburb of Petersham and educated at Fort Street Model School, Newington College (1895) 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.
"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." 
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.
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.
- ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp126
- ^ a b c Lloyd, C. J. (1986). "Marr, Sir Charles William Clanan (1880–1960)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100409b.htm. Retrieved 10 November 2007.
- ^ 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. http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/rp/2000-01/01RP10.htm. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
Political offices Preceded by
Minister for Home and Territories
New title Minister for Works and Railways
Title abolished New title Minister in charge of Territories
Minister for Health
Minister for Repatriation
Parliament of Australia Preceded by
Member for Parkes
Member for Parkes
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