Don Hopgood

Dr Don Hopgood
Deputy Premier of South Australia
In office
26 July 1985 – 4 September 1992
PremierJohn Bannon
Preceded byJack Wright
Succeeded byFrank Blevins
Minister of Family and Community Services
In office
14 December 1989 – 01 October 1992
Minister of Community Welfare
In office
20 April 1989 – 14 December 1989
Minister for the Aged
In office
20 April 1989 – 01 October 1992
Minister of Health
In office
20 April 1989 – 01 October 1992
Minister of Community Welfare
In office
04 August 1988 – 12 August 1988
Minister of Water Resources
In office
18 December 1985 – 29 July 1988
Chief Secretary of South Australia
In office
16 July 1985 – 20 April 1989
Minister of Emergency Services
In office
16 July 1985 – 20 April 1989
Minister of Lands
In office
10 November 1982 – 16 July 1985
PremierJohn Bannon
Preceded byPeter Arnold
Succeeded byRoy Abbott
Minister of Repatriation
In office
10 November 1982 – 16 July 1985
Preceded byPeter Arnold
Succeeded byRoy Abbott
Minister for Environment and Planning
In office
10 November 1982 – 20 April 1989
Minister of Education
In office
24 June 1975 – 18 September 1979
Premier
Preceded byHugh Hudson
Succeeded byHarold Allison
Minister Assisting the Premier
In office
20 September 1973 – 23 June 1975
Minister of Development and Mines
In office
20 September 1973 – 23 June 1975
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Baudin
In office
17 September 1977 – 11 December 1993
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Mawson
In office
30 May 1970 – 17 September 1977
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byLeslie Drury
Personal details
Born
Donald Jack Hopgood

(1938-09-05) 5 September 1938 (age 83)
Prospect, South Australia
Political partyLabor
Spouse(s)
Helen Raelene Medlin
(m. 1964; died 2007)
Childrenthree
Parent(s)Jack and Gwen (nee Bessell) Hopgood
Alma materFlinders University
Moderator of the Synod of South Australia
ChurchUniting Church in Australia
Elected1997
Term ended1999
PredecessorRev Margaret Polkinghorne
SuccessorRev Don Catford

Donald Jack Hopgood AO (born 5 September 1938) is a former South Australian politician who was the 5th Deputy Premier of South Australia from 1985 to 1992. Hopgood represented the House of Assembly seats of Mawson from 1970 to 1977 and Baudin from 1977 to 1993 for the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party, and was promoted to the Labor frontbench in 1973.

Hopgood was moderator of the Synod of South Australia of the Uniting Church in Australia from 1997 to 1999.

Early life

Hopgood was born in 1938 at Prospect, an inner northern suburb of Adelaide. His father worked at Berger Paints. His maternal grandfather worked at Islington Railway Workshops. His paternal grandfather was a retired typesetter. Hopgood grew up in Prospect and was a member of the Prospect North Methodist Church Sunday school. He went to Prospect Primary School and Adelaide Boys' High School.

Hopgood started learning to play jazz trumpet at age 18. He played in jazz bands at church and university. He went to Adelaide Teachers' College on Kintore Avenue, Adelaide and taught at Le Fevre Boys’ Technical High School for three years then moved to Whyalla Technical High School for a year (while still studying), then Westminster School for almost five years. He won a scholarship to study for a PhD from Flinders University after he had been a teacher. He was still studying for his PhD when he was elected to state parliament, so converted the final year to part-time.


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