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Eustace Parkhill Singline
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Eustace Parkhill Singline
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12th Chief Minister of New Vestfold
1951 – 1952

Predecessor Tristan Opperman
Successor Grant Ivan Jones

Australia's Antarctic Assembely Representetive
1953 – 1966

Predecessor Marvin O'Riely
Successor Paul Garret
Deputy Paul Garret

51st Antarctic Tuzelmann Award Laureate
-1961 –

Predecessor Georgine Fauchex
Successor Anna Lykke
Born 29th September, 1921
Ninnis, New Vestfold
Died March 14th, 1966 (age 44)
Amundsen-Scott, South Pole
Political Party Labor/United Party
Profession Diplomat

Sir Eustace Parkhill Singline (29th of September, 1921 - 14th of March, 1966) was the 12th Chief Minister of New Vestfold and Australia's second representative at the Antarctic Assembly. At age 30, Singline became the youngest Chief Minister of the 20th century and was also the first Chief Minister of the Labor/United Party(the newly merged party between the Commonwealth United and the Australian Labor Party). Barely a year later into his first term, tensions between former Commonwealth United Party members and Labor members were struggling to unite as one party and government under Singline's leadership. Due to the current crisis, the current Administrator L. Caspar E. Fladbury saw it as his responsibility to intervene and stabilize the current government. Fladbury decided that the problem with the government was its leader, so consequently, Fladbury fired Singline from his position (to public outcry) and replaced him with Grant Ivan Jones. This is the only time in New Vestfold's history when the current Administrator uses their constitutional power of dismissal on a Chief Minister.

In 1953, The current Representative of the newly founded Antarctic Assembly, Marvin O'Riely, had unexpectedly died of a stroke leaving his position vacant. Chief Minister Jones, who felt sorry for Singline, convinced the Federal Parliament to appoint the former Chief Minister in O'Riely's place.

In his new position, Singline was a key member of the Assembly. The most notable contributions he made was trying to create more recognition of New Vestfold in western Antarctica , being a member of the Ognian Rebel Committee and trialling New New Swabian war criminal Fester Klossner.

On the 14th of March, 1966, Singline was assassinated.


Early Life

Singline was born on the 29th of September, 1921 in Ninnis, New Vestfold. He was the only son and youngest child to Ovid Parkhill Singline (1870-1927), a police officer, and Honoria Kathleen Mallown(1886-1928). Singline had three elder sisters Kendra Honoria Singline(1905-1959), Arlene Dina Singline(1908-1971) and Gertrude Margret Singline (1910-1961). When Singline was six, his father committed suicide and his mother died the following year, stricken with grief. He was then raised by his eldest sister, Kendra, and her husband Clyde Greeley. Singline suffered teenage depression and had difficulty in school. Upon turning 16, he started working as a rail-worker and failed to enlist in the war because he had flat feet. Experiencing the mistreatment of employees in labor workforces, Singline wished to be an advocate on fair treatment in the work force and was often giving speeches at union meetings.

Early Political Career

The rapid growth of the Labor Party( as a successor to the United Peoples Party and a branch off the Commonwealth United Party) Singline eagerly joined as a member. In 1942, a seat opened up and he was successful in procuring it. At age 20, Singline became the youngest person ever to gain a seat in the Central Territory Council. With the Antarctic Nationalist Party continuing to have major power over the other parties, the Commonwealth United and the Labor parties both merged together as the Labor/United Party in 1950. Much controversy surrounded who would run this newly founded party. Only four nominations were proposed: Y. Maxwell Isaacs, {former Chief Minister, and Commonwealth United leader), Thomas Jackson,(former Mayor of Davis), Harry J. Spencer, (one of the founders of the Labor Party), and Singline.

Each of these men were not seen as good choices for a number of reasons. Isaacs was getting to old and many thought he wanted glory and power once again, Jackson was very ill, Spencer was not a well liked man and Singline was seen as far too young. After much debate and campaigning for leadership a vote was cast which resulted in:

  • Isaacs:18% of votes
  • Jackson:31% of votes
  • Spencer:4% of votes
  • Singline:47% of votes

The results lead Singline to become the first leader of the Labor/United Party.

Chief Minister (1951-1952)

After a shaky government lead by the unpopular Tristan Opperman, Singline was very successful in leading the Labor/United to their first election victory. During Singline's term he saw a revolution in workers rights and strikes. In early 1952, problems and viscous arguments began in the party and was threat of the party breaking up resulting in a constitutional crisis. Singline attempted to end the bitterness in the young party but his contributions and leadership was failing.


As the government was in a state of jeopardy, the current Administrator L. Caspar E. Fladbury saw it as his duty to find a solution. Fladbury's first thought was to reinstate the Antarctic Nationalist Party into power but saw this as an unpopular idea amongst the people. After several meetings with high ranking members of the Labor/United party, Fladbury convinced them to follow the unexpected new leader Grant Ivan Jones and therefore firing Singline from his position. This is the first and only time in New Vestfold's history where this has occurred.

Antarctic Assembly

In 1953, the current Antarctic Representetive at the South Pole, Mark O'Riely, tragically died from a stroke leaving his position vacant. Chief Minister Jones, who both felt sorry and threatened by Singline, convinced the Federal Parliament to place Singline in this position. It was thought the only way to get rid of an embarrassing and failed politician was to appoint him to this position, which later proved to be the greatest move in Singline's political life.

Foreign Relations

Ognian Rebels Committee

Fester Klossner


Personal Life and Legacy

Singline was a recipient of the Antarctic Tuzelmann Award in 1961

Political Views

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