Dugald Munro

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Dugald Munro
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Eden-Monaro
In office
26 November 1966 – 25 October 1969
Preceded byAllan Fraser
Succeeded byAllan Fraser
Personal details
Born(1930-06-12)12 June 1930
Sydney, New South Wales
Died20 June 1973(1973-06-20) (aged 43)
Sydney, New South Wales
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Romayne Hordern
(m. 1958)
RelationsNorman William Kater (grandfather)

Dugald Ranald Ross Munro (12 June 1930 – 20 June 1973) was an Australian grazier and politician who served a single term in the House of Representatives from 1966 to 1969. He represented the Division of Eden-Monaro for the Liberal Party.

Early life[edit]

Munro was the son of Jean (née Kater) and William Ranald Munro. His father was a stock and station agent in South West Queensland, as well as a champion polo player. His maternal grandfather Norman William Kater was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council.[1] In 1938, when Munro was seven years old, his father fell to his death from a hotel balcony.[2] His mother remarried the following year to John Broinowski, and moved to Sydney.[3]

Munro was educated at Cranbrook School, Sydney, from 1946 to 1948, where he played rugby for the first XV. He was also a junior tennis champion. He entered the family pastoral business and ran stations in Goondiwindi, Queensland, and Marulan, New South Wales. In 1958, he married socialite Romayne Hordern, with whom he had four children.[4]


Munro first stood for parliament at the 1963 election, losing to the incumbent Australian Labor Party (ALP) member Allan Fraser by 800 votes. He reprised his candidacy at the 1966 election and defeated Fraser – in office since 1943 – by 624 votes with the aid of Country and Democratic Labor Party preferences.[5] Munro successfully lobbied for the headquarters of the Snowy Mountain Hydro-electricity Authority to remain in Cooma.[4] He lost to Fraser in a rematch at the 1969 election.[6]


Munro died in a lift accident in a building in Bridge Street, Sydney, eight days after his 43rd birthday. He was crushed to death between the lift cage and the door, despite the efforts of three bystanders – his brother, a teenage girl, and the lift operator – to free him.[7]


  1. ^ "Obituary: William Ranald Munro". Balonne Beacon. 17 March 1938.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Mr. W. Ranald Munro". The Dalby Herald. 18 March 1938.
  3. ^ "To Wed In Sydney This Week". The Courier-Mail. 13 March 1939.
  4. ^ a b "Dugald Munro (OC 1948), Political Figure". Cranbrook School. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Fraser loses by 624 votes". The Canberra Times. 6 December 1966.
  6. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
  7. ^ "Former MP dies in lift". The Canberra Times. 21 June 1973.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Allan Fraser
Member for Eden-Monaro
1966 – 1969
Succeeded by
Allan Fraser