History Resources - Members of Parliament

Douglas Ackley Lowe

Douglas Ackley Lowe


Given Names:Douglas Ackley

Title and Honours: Mr, Hon (11 December 1981)


Date and Place of Birth: 15 May 1942 - Hobart, Tasmania

Date of Death:



House of Assembly: 10 May 1969

Electorate: Franklin


Positions Held:Minister, Premier 1 December 1977 to 11 November 1981

Date of Departure:8 February 1986

Reason for Departure: Retired.

Legislative Council:24 May 1986

Electorate: Buckingham

Party: Independent

Positions Held:

Date of Departure: 2 May 1992

Reason for Departure:Resigned.


At his election to Premier (1977) he was Australia's youngest ever State leader (35); overthrown as ALP Premier by Holgate (1981); remained in HA as Independent 1979-86. Published The Price of Power, an account of the dams debate (Macmillan 1984). Achieved highest personal vote ever in Assembly in 1979 - 24,971 or 51.2% of vote in Franklin. Granted the right to use the title 'Honourable' for life on 11 December 1981.

House of Assembly Long Room Picture:583

House of Assembly Long Room Picture Number indicates each Member's position in the photographic record.

Source: Parliament of Tasmania Members Biographical Database, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

Additional Reference Material:

A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics, 1890-1964 [by] Colin A. Hughes and B. D. Graham. Canberra, ANU Press, 1968. Biographical Register of the Tasmanian Parliament, 1851-1960 / Scott Bennett and Barbara Bennett. Canberra : ANU, 1980.