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Bernard Francis (Bernie) Kilgariff (1923–2010)

Born in Adelaide on 30 September 1923, and following service with the Second AIF in New Guinea during World War II, Bernie Kilgariff developed his career as a Northern Territory businessman. He served on the Northern Territory Legislative Council (1960–68) and the Legislative Assembly (1968–75), including as the Assembly's Speaker in 1974–75.

When the Territory gained representation in the Senate following changes to electoral legislation in 1974, Kilgariff was elected to one of the two seats representing the National Country Party (the other seat was won by Ted Robertson for the Australian Labor Party). He changed his allegiance to the Liberal Party in 1979. Kilgariff served in the Senate from 1975 to 1987.

Bernie Kilgariff died in Alice Springs on 13 April 2010.

Selected records relating to Bernie Kilgariff
National Archives, Darwin
Correspondence and subject files from the Liberal Party Senate Whip's Office, 1973–87 M1938
Personal papers created and maintained by Bernard Kilgariff, 1975–87 M2154


Chapter 16
Territory Personalities