Henry Bolte

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Henry Bolte

Premier of Victoria
In office
7 June 1955 – 23 August 1972
Preceded byJohn Cain
Succeeded byRupert Hamer
Personal details
Born20 May 1908
Ballarat, Australia
Died4 January 1990 (aged 81)
Ballarat, Australia

Henry Bolte (20 May 1908 - 4 January 1990) was Premier of Victoria from 1955 until 1972, he received criticism for refusing to commute Ronald Ryan's death sentence, this cost him support, allowing Dick (Rupert) Hamer to become the 39th Premier of Victoria.

Birth[change | change source]

Bolte was born on 20 May 1908 in Ballarat, Australia.

Death penalty controversy[change | change source]

When Ronald Ryan was sentenced to death, Henry Bolte supported this and said it would go on no matter what, which made him unpopular, he was compared to the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Drink driving controversy[change | change source]

On 24 March 1984, Bolte was involved in a serious head-on accident when he was driving home after an evening in the local hotel near his property at Bamganie.