|born on||13 January 1911 at 08:20 (= 08:20 AM )|
|Place||Dannevirke, New Zealand, 40s12, 176e07|
|Timezone||ONZT h11e30 (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||21°34' 23°04 Asc. 06°01'|
New Zealand-Australian politician who entered Queensland parliament as the Country Party member for Nanango. After the Country Party-Liberal coalition gained power in 1957, he was Minister for works and housing 1963-1968 and on 8/08/1968, upon the death of Jack Pizzey, became Party leader and Premier. With the help of an electoral gerrymander, Bjelke-Peterson dominated Queensland politics.
Educated in New Zealand, Sir Joh later moved to Kingaroy, Queensland, where he became a successful beef and peanut farmer. He married Florence Gilmore on 5/31/1952; three daughters, one son.
On 12/01/1987, Bjelke-Peterson resigned amid claims of corruption at police, judicial and government levels. His hard-right conservative politics highlighted a lack of support for Aboriginal land rights and the denunciation of the "evils" of socialism. In a career that encompassed highs and lows, he was knighted on 6/16/1984 and his 1987 campaign helped Labour win the election. In 1991 he was charged and tried for perjury but the case was dropped when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
- Work : Gain social status 1963 (Minister for Works and Housing, five years)
- Work : End Major Project 1987 (Campaign helped Labour win the election)
- Crime : Trial dates 1991 (Charged with perjury, dropped)
Dennis Sutton quotes Susan Alexander, from Peterson, given in Sutton's 50 Australian Charts, 1996.
- Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Country Party)
- Notable : Awards : Knighted
- Vocation : Miscellaneous : Farmer/ Rancher (Peanut farmer, beef cattle ranch)
- Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (From 1952)
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four, three girls and one boy)
- Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Social crime/ delinquent (Charges of corruption, dropped)
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (Party leader, Premier, MP)