ID 0018

Commonwealth Government of Australia beginning 7 April 1939 - period in office of Prime minister Page, Earle Christmas Grafton ending on 26 April 1939

Period in office of prime minister (see Glossary entry for 'period in office' and related terms)

Prime minister
Page, Earle Christmas Grafton
Date of beginning of period in office
7 April 1939
Date of end of period in office
26 April 1939 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Death of prime minister 
Reason for end of this government
Change of coalition party leader (see note)
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of prime minister at start of period
Country Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
United Australia Party
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
Number from party of prime minister
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
Number who are women

House of Representatives elections contested as prime minister or after which became prime minister (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

This prime minister did not win office as the result of an election, and was not (or has not been) in office long enough to contest an election as prime minister; see 'Period in office' table above.

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Page took office as temporary PM after Lyons' death, pending election of a new UAP leader. The choice of Menzies as leader of the UAP contributed to the withdrawal of the Country Party from coalition with the UAP, leaving Menzies as prime minister of a minority UAP government. For details of all Commonwealth prime ministers, see Michelle Grattan (editor) Australian Prime Ministers (Sydney: New Holland, 2000).


Hughes and Graham, (1968) A Handbook of Ausralian Government and Politics 1890-1964.