Percy Phipps ABBOTT

ABBOTT, Percy Phipps

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 16 March 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 12th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, 14 May 1869
Home Town: Glen Innes, Glen Innes Severn, New South Wales
Schooling: Hutchins School Tas., Sydney University
Occupation: Member of Parliament and Solicitor
Died: Tamworth, NSW, 9 September 1940, aged 71 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Glen Innes & District Soldiers Memorial, Yeoval NSW Solicitors in WWI Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

16 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, 12th Light Horse Regiment
13 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, 12th Light Horse Regiment
13 Jun 1915: Embarked 12th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Suevic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

The death on Monday week at Tamworth of Colonel Percy Phipps Abbott, C.M.G., V.D., removes one who played a very prominent part in the politics of Northern New South Wales for many years and whose name was a household word in Country Party circles. He had sat in both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Federal Parliament.

The late Mr. Abbott, who was 71 years of age, was well known as a solicitor in Glen Innes and Tamworth, and always took a leading part in public life. He entered Federal Parliament in 1913 as member for New England, defeating Mr. Frank Foster, who had held the seat for six years as a member of the Labour Party. At a general election in 1914 he was again returned, retiring in 1919 on his return from the war.

During his absence on active service he was returned unopposed.
In 1925 he again took up politics, being selected as one of the four Senate candidates on behalf of the Bruce-Page Government. He was the Country Party nominee, and was elected on the distribution of preferences. He remained in the Senate for three and a half years, being defeated with the rest of the party nominees in the general election of 1928. In his parliamentary career he was always a vigorous and keen fighter on behalf of his party. During his Senate term he was chosen as the representative of the Australian New States movement on the Federal Royal Commission presided over by Professor Peden, to report on proposed amendments to the Federal Constitution. He submitted a separate report in favour of New States amendments, which were endorsed by the majority of the Royal Commission.