World's Fastest Bicyclist in 1930's; Government Minister; High Commissioner to Malta, Stonnington Lodge, No. 368.
Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman OBE (29 May 1904 – 24 April 1996), was an Australian cyclist and politician, whose endurance cycling feats in the 1920's and 1930's earned him international acclaim. Hubert Opperman rode a bicycle from the age of eight, when he was a Post Office messenger, until his 90th birthday. After the war Opperman joined the Liberal Party of Australia and in 1949 was elected to the Parliament of Australia for the Victorian electorate of Corio. He served in parliament for 17 years. He became the Government Whip in 1955. Between December 1963 and December 1966 he was Minister for Immigration and oversaw a relaxation of conditions for the entry of people of mixed descent and a widening of eligibility criteria for entry by well-qualified people into Australia. After his retirement from politics in 1967 he was appointed as Australia's first High Commissioner to Malta, where he remained for 5 years.