|Member of the Legislative Council |
of Western Australia
20 January 1934 –21 May 1956
|Preceded by||John Ewing|
|Succeeded by||Graham MacKinnon|
|Born||23 November 1892|
York, Western Australia
|Died||9 February 1966 73) (aged|
Subiaco, Western Australia
|Political party|| Nationalist (to 1945)|
Liberal (from 1945)
Leslie "Les" Craig CMG (23 November 1892 – 9 February 1966) was an Australian politician who was a member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1934 to 1956, representing South-West Province.
The Western Australian Legislative Council is the upper house of the Parliament of Western Australia, a state of Australia. It is regarded as a house of review for legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly, the lower house. The two Houses of Parliament sit in Parliament House in the state capital, Perth.
South-West Province was an electoral province of the Legislative Council of Western Australia between 1894 and 1989. It elected three members between 1894 and 1965 and two members between 1965 and 1989.
Craig was born in York, a town in Western Australia's Wheatbelt region. He was educated at Hale School, in Perth, and later at Melbourne Grammar School. Craig enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in October 1914, and served with the 10th Light Horse Regiment in the Gallipoli Campaign. He was wounded in action in August 1915, which resulted in the amputation of his left leg. After returning to Australia, Craig farmed at Balingup, where he had a Border Leicester sheep-stud, and later at Dardanup.At the 1927 state election, he contested the seat of Bunbury for the Nationalist Party, but lost to the sitting member, Labor's Frederick Withers.
York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia, situated on the Avon River, 97 kilometres (60 mi) east of Perth in the Wheatbelt, on Ballardong Nyoongar land, and is the seat of the Shire of York.
The Wheatbelt is one of nine regions of Western Australia defined as administrative areas for the state's regional development, and a vernacular term for the area converted to agriculture during colonisation. It partially surrounds the Perth metropolitan area, extending north from Perth to the Mid West region, and east to the Goldfields-Esperance region. It is bordered to the south by the South West and Great Southern regions, and to the west by the Indian Ocean, the Perth metropolitan area, and the Peel region. Altogether, it has an area of 154,862 square kilometres (59,793 sq mi).
Hale School is a selective independent, Anglican day and boarding school for boys, located in Wembley Downs, a coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia.
In April 1928, Craig was elected to the Dardanup Road Board. He would serve as a councillor until November 1951, when he moved to Perth, including as chairman from 1947. Craig was elected to parliament in January 1934, winning a Legislative Council by-election caused by the death of John Ewing. After finishing Ewing's term, which expired in 1936, he was re-elected another three times, serving one eight-year term and two six-year terms before his eventual retirement in 1956.Craig worked as a company director after leaving parliament, and in the 1966 New Year Honours was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG). He died in Perth later that year. Craig's wife, Frances Eileen (née Boyd), was a president of the Associated Country Women of the World, and his daughter-in-law, June Craig, was a member of parliament.
The Shire of Dardanup is a local government area in the South West region of Western Australia, immediately to the east and southeast of the city of Bunbury and about 180 kilometres (112 mi) south of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 526.6 square kilometres (203.3 sq mi), and its seat of government is in Eaton in Bunbury's eastern suburbs.
Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.06 million living in Greater Perth. Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.
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