About Arthur Fadden
- Born: 13 April 1894
- Died: 21 April 1973
- Partner: Ilma Nita Fadden
- Political party: Australian Country Party
- Image: NAA: A6180, 4/2/77/30
Arthur Fadden was Australia's 13th Prime Minister, from 29 August to 7 October 1941. As well as his ‘40 days and 40 nights’ in office, he was acting prime minister for periods totalling nearly 2 years during his coalition governments with Prime Minister Robert Menzies.
A Queenslander, Fadden was a member of the House of Representatives for 22 years, from 1936 to 1958, and leader of the Country Party for 17 years, from 1941 to 1958. As Treasurer in 1940-41 and from 1949 to 1958, he presented a record 11 budgets, including a ‘horror budget’ in 1951.
Described as amiable and a great conversationalist and storyteller, Fadden enjoyed good working relationships with his colleagues and staff throughout his long parliamentary career. He retired from parliament in 1958. Fadden died on 21 April 1973.
Did you know?
- was Prime Minister for only 6 weeks
- was acting prime minister for a total of nearly 2 years, mainly during Robert Menzies’ visits to Britain between 1949 and 1958
- as Treasurer, established the Reserve Bank of Australia
- was nicknamed ‘Artie’