John Bourchier

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Bendigo
In office
2 December 1972 – 5 March 1983
Preceded byDavid Kennedy
Succeeded byJohn Brumby
Personal details
Born(1929-10-12)12 October 1929
Ballarat, Victoria
Died31 August 2017(2017-08-31) (aged 87)
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
OccupationCompany manager

John William Bourchier, CBE (12 October 1929 – 31 August 2017) was an Australian politician. Born in Ballarat, he was a company manager before entering politics. In 1972, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Bendigo, unseating Labor incumbent David Kennedy even as Labor ended the Coalition's record 23 years in government. He served as a party whip in the Fraser Government. In 1978 he led a delegation of MPs to Russia.[1] He held the seat until his defeat by the future Victorian Premier John Brumby in 1983.[2]

Bourchier was married to Doreen and had four children. He died in Brisbane on 31 August 2017.[1]


  1. ^ a b Walls, Jason (4 September 2017). "Former Bendigo MP remembered as inspirational, respected Whip". Bendigo Advertiser. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
David Kennedy
Member for Bendigo
Succeeded by
John Brumby