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Ben Chifely

On this day, 13th July, in 1945, Ben Chifley became the 16th Australian Prime Minister.

Joseph Benedict Chifley was born on 22 September 1885 in Bathurst, NSW. He was an engine driver for many years before becoming Prime Minister after the death of John Curtin in 1945.

He is shown above in a 1930 Australian Electoral Roll with his wife Elizabeth.

Ben Chifley was Prime Minister until December 1949 and died in June 1951, aged 65.