|Member of the Legislative Council |
of Western Australia
22 May 1977 –21 May 1989
|Preceded by||Charles Abbey|
|Succeeded by||None (seat abolished)|
|Born||16 August 1933|
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
|Died||8 July 2019 85)(aged|
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