Gorton, John

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Gorton, John Gender: M
John Grey Gorton
born on 9 September 1911 at 20:53 (= 8:53 PM )
Place Melbourne, Australia, 37s49, 144e58
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 15°38' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°14 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 20°49'

John Gorton


Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia 1/10/1968 to 1971. John Grey Gorton was the only Senator ever to become Prime Minister. Traditionally, Prime Ministers come from the lower house - the House of Representatives. So, shortly after becoming PM, he stood for - and won - a seat in the House of Reps. Gorton believed in strong Commonwealth power over economic management and this made him unpopular with the state Liberal Premiers.

Gorton was the second child of an immigrant who had come from England via South Africa, where he had acquired wealth as a business entrepreneur. His mother died when he was seven. He was educated at the Headford Preparatory School of Sydney Church of England Grammar ('Shore') School, then Geelong Grammar School. He finished his education at Oxford University in the UK.

After graduating from Oxford he returned to Australia to manage his father's orchard at Kerang, Victoria. He enlisted in the RAAF on 11/08/1940, and trained as a fighter pilot. He served in the UK, Singapore, Darwin and Milne Bay (Papua). He was severely wounded in a plane crash and was given reconstructive surgery. He was discharged from the RAAF on 12/05/1944 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

He married Bettina Brown in 1935 and they had three children. After 48 years of marriage, he was widowed in 1983. He married Nancy Home in 1993.

John Gorton was elected to the Senate in 1949 as a Senator for the State of Victoria. He entered the Menzies Ministry in 1958, serving in Ministerial positions. After the drowning of Harold Holt on 12/19/1967, Gorton became leader of the Liberal Party, and was sworn in as Prime

Minister in January 1968. He was Prime Minister for three years until he was removed from office by his own party after a vote of no confidence in his leadership. On 3/10/1971, Gorton was replaced as Party Leader by William McMahon. He resigned from the Liberal Party on 5/23/1975, sitting as an Independent in the House of Representatives until the end of the Parliamentary term. He contested the 1975 elections as an independent Senator for the ACT, but failed to obtain a seat. John Gorton was appointed a Member of Her Majesty's Privy Council and in 1971 a Companion of Honour. He was knighted in 1977, and appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1988. He died May 19, 2002 in Sydney Australia of pneumonia, age 90.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 1935 (48 year marriage to Bettina Brown)
  • Work : New Career 1949 (Elected Senator)
  • Work : New Job 1958 (Beginning of ministerial positions)
  • Work : New Job December 1967 (Leader of the Liberal Party)
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  • Work : Gain social status 10 January 1968 (Four years as Australian Prime Minister)
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  • Work : Lose social status 10 March 1971 (Voted down, Liberal Party leadership)
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  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 23 May 1975 (Resigned from the Liberal Party)
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  • Work : Prize 1977 (Knighted)
  • Death of Mate 1983 (Bettina died)
  • Work : Prize 1988 (Companion of the Order of Australia)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1993 (Second marriage Nancy Home)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Garth Carpenter in his "Aspects of Astrology," from Gorton personally.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia (Fatal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Plane crash)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Reconstructive surgery)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Affluent family)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age seven when mom died)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second child)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (First marriage 48 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (90)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (RAAF)
  • Vocation : Military : Wounded
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat (Ministerial positions)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Liberal and Independent parties)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Senator, Prime Minister)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military
  • Vocation : Misc. : Outdoor vocations (Managed orchard)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Companion of the Order of Australia)