Sir Gordon Freeth
Sir Gordon Freeth KBE (rowing) rowed in the bow seat of the gold medal winning crew at the Sydney 1938 British Empire Games, before going on to serve in the Australian parliament for 20 years. Born in South Australia, Freeth’s father took the family to Western Australia for work, where Freeth later represented WA in the King’s Cup crew in 1937. With the outbreak of World War II, Freeth joined the Royal Australian Air Force, until his unit was demobilised in 1945. Beginning his political career in 1949, Freeth would hold the seat of Forrest, in south-west WA for two decades, later was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1978.
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