Les Craig

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Les Craig

CMG
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
20 January 1934 21 May 1956
Preceded by John Ewing
Succeeded by Graham MacKinnon
Constituency South-West Province
Personal details
Born(1892-11-23)23 November 1892
York, Western Australia
Died9 February 1966(1966-02-09) (aged 73)
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.

Western Australian Legislative Council upper house of the Legislature of the state of Western Australia

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. [1] 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. [2]

York, Western Australia Town in Western Australia

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.

Wheatbelt (Western Australia) region in Western Australia

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. [1] 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). [3] 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. [1]

Shire of Dardanup Local government area in Western Australia

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 City in Western Australia

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John Ewing was an Australian politician who served in both houses of the Parliament of Western Australia. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1901 to 1904 and again from 1905 to 1908, and then served as a member of the Legislative Council from 1916 until his death.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Leslie Craig – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN   0730984095.
  3. "No. 43854". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1966. p. 4.