Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett (1862-1951)

Politician, Councillor, Shire President & Farmer

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Born on 20 January 1862 at Carngham, Victoria the son of English born parents Joseph Bennett, farmer and Elizabeth née Temby. A dairy farmer near Catani, Victoria Bennett was elected a councillor of Koo-Wee-Rup (1925-51) and was twice Shire President (1931-32, 1941-42). He was a staunch supporter of the country farmer and served as president of the Catani branch of the Country party before being elected to represent the local seat of Gippsland West from 1929 to 1950; at the time of his retirement from State Parliament was the oldest member at the age of 88. A pioneer member of the Farmers’ Union which merged to form the Country Party in 1928, Bennett was “recognised as one of the party’s stalwarts”. 

Retiring to 631 Inkerman Road, Caulfield, Bennett died on 16 January 1951 and was predeceased by his wife Mary née Simpson (d 1925) whom he married on 31 October 1889.

Thomson, K & Serle, G., “A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900” (1972).
The Age 17 January 1951.

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