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Bjelke-Petersen, Joh Gender: M
Johannes Bjelke-Petersen
born on 13 January 1911 at 08:20 (= 08:20 AM )
Place Dannevirke, New Zealand, 40s12, 176e07
Timezone ONZT h11e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 21°34' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 23°04 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 06°01'

Joh Bjelke-Petersen


Australian politician who was the longest-serving Premier of Queensland, holding office from 1968 to 1987. He 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 August 1968, upon the death of Jack Pizzey, became Party leader and Premier. With the help of an electoral gerrymander, Bjelke-Petersen 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 31 May 1952; three daughters, one son.

On 1 December 1987, Bjelke-Petersen 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 16 June 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.

Bjelke-Petersen died in Kingaroy on 23 April 2005, aged 94.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Whitlam, Gough (born 11 July 1916). Notes: Political opponent


  • Relationship : Marriage 31 May 1952 (Florence Gilmore)
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  • Work : Gain social status 1963 (Minister for Works and Housing, five years)
  • Work : Gain social status 8 August 1968 (Party leader and Premie)
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  • Work : End Major Project 1987 (Campaign helped Labour win the election)
  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 1 December 1987 (Resigned from office)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 1991 (Charged with perjury, dropped)

Source Notes

Dennis Sutton quotes Susan Alexander, from Bjelke-Petersen, given in Sutton's 50 Australian Charts, 1996.

Sy Scholfield notes that in the Australian magazine, Astrological Monthly Review, January 1987, astrologer Gwen Stoney writes: "I am particularly grateful to Mrs Janet Meyrik of the Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland for the time, place and date of the birth of the Premier. The Principal Private Secretary to the Premier has written to Janet Meyrick stating that 'the Premier was born on 13th January, 1911 in Danevirke, New Zealand. His sister thinks he was born at approximately 8am'."


  • 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 : Party Affiliation (Country Party)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Party leader, Premier, MP)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Farmer/ Rancher (Peanut farmer, beef cattle ranch)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted