Sandy Lewis

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Sandy Lewis
Born
Alexander Ashley Lewis

(1931-01-22)22 January 1931
Died9 May 2016(2016-05-09) (aged 85)
South Australia
NationalityAustralian
Alma mater University of Adelaide
OccupationFarmer, agent, machinery dealer
Spouse(s)Patricia Symons; Patricia Wright
ChildrenBronwyn Mary Lewis
Parent(s)Lancelot Ashley Lewis and Grace Margaret (Gretta) Lewis nee Laidlaw [1]
Relatives Essington Lewis (uncle)
Tom Lewis (brother)
Member of Parliament
for Blackwood; Lower Central; Western Australia
In office
1972–1989
Personal details
Political party Liberal Party

Alexander Ashley Lewis ( 22 January 1931 – 9 May 2016), known as Sandy Lewis, was an Australian politician who represented the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Blackwood from 1972 until 1974, and one of the two Legislative Council seats for Lower Central Province from 1974 until 1989. He was a member of the Liberal Party.

Western Australia State in Australia

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Western Australian Legislative Assembly legislature of the State of Western Australia

The Western Australian Legislative Assembly, or lower house, is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of Western Australia, an Australian state. The Parliament sits in Parliament House in the Western Australian capital, Perth.

Blackwood was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia from 1950 to 1974.

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Family

Lewis was born in Glen Osmond, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, to Lancelot Lewis, a managing director of Goldsbrough Mort in Adelaide and brother of Essington Lewis, and Grace Laidlaw OBE. His older brother, Tom, briefly served as Premier of New South Wales from 3 January 1975 until 23 January 1976. [2]

Glen Osmond, South Australia Suburb of Adelaide, South Australia

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Adelaide City in South Australia

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia. Adelaide is home to 77 percent of the South Australian population, making it the most centralised population of any state in Australia.

South Australia State of Australia

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He was educated at St Peter's College and at the University of Adelaide, before moving to Western Australia in October 1952. He initially worked as a jackeroo, trade cadet and farm contractor, before taking up farming at Kojonup in 1955. On 21 May 1955, he returned to Adelaide to marry Patricia Symons, with whom he had one daughter Bronwyn Mary in 1959.

St Peters College, Adelaide boys school in Adelaide, South Australia

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University of Adelaide Public university in Adelaide, South Australia

The University of Adelaide is a public university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia.

Jackaroo (trainee) trainee stockman on a sheep or cattle station

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In March 1978, he and his wife divorced, and nine months later, he married Patricia Wright in Claremont.

Claremont, Western Australia Suburb of Perth, Western Australia

Claremont is a western suburb of Perth, Western Australia on the north bank of the Swan River.

He died on 9 May 2016 in South Australia. [3]

Career and politics

In 1961 he founded and was the principal director of PS Agencies and in 1967 became the first individual winner of the John Lynn Memorial Prize for outstanding contribution to the farm machinery industry. [2]

Lewis became active in Liberal politics, becoming president of the Mobrup branch near Kojonup, and then president for the Division of Forrest. At a by-election on 16 December 1972, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Blackwood. When this seat was abolished at the 1974 election, he successfully transferred to a Lower Central Province seat in the Legislative Council. [2]

The Liberal Party of Australia is the division of the Liberal Party of Australia in Western Australia. Formed in 1945, the party has held power for five separate periods in coalition with the National Party. The party has been in opposition in the state since the 2017 election.

Division of Forrest Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Forrest is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia.

1974 Western Australian state election

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 30 March 1974 to elect all 51 members to the Legislative Assembly and 15 members to the 30-seat Legislative Council. The one-term Labor government, led by Premier John Tonkin, was defeated by the Liberal Party, led by Opposition Leader Charles Court.

From 1977 until 1984, with a brief break in 1982–1983, Lewis served as secretary to the Parliamentary Liberal Party, and in 1983–1984, to the Shadow Cabinet following the defeat of the Liberal government. Additionally, he was a member of the Joint House Committee for the entire period, and chaired a Select Committee into national parks in 1980–1981, into cultural and recreational facilities in 1982, and into the Conservation and Land Management Bill 1984 (during which he became an honorary Royal Commissioner). [2]

In March 1986, he resigned from the Liberal Party over a disagreement with leader Bill Hassell over the shadow cabinet's relationship with Select Committees. He designated himself an "independent Liberal" but rejoined the party in October 1986. He was rewarded with a shadow secretary role with special responsibility for party liaison, the campaign committee and special projects in December 1986, and served on select committees inquiring into the SEC advanced coal purchase from Western Collieries Ltd and the state funding of Aboriginal programs in 1988. With the abolition of his seat at the 1989 election, he nominated for Liberal preselection for a winnable seat in the South West region, but failed in his bid, and exited from political life at the election.

He engaged actively in the local community, serving on the Bushfire Brigades Committee as well as football and aero clubs. From 1977, he was also state secretary of the Farm Machinery Dealers' Association, becoming its national secretary in 1979.

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References

  1. Roger, André (2000). "Lewis, Grace Margaret (Gretta) (1892–1968)". Australian Dictionary of Biography . Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Black, David; Bolton, Geoffrey (2001). Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Volume Two, 1930-1990 (Revised ed.). Parliament House: Parliament of Western Australia. ISBN   0731697839.
  3. Malcolm Quekett, (12 May 2016), Former MP Sandy Lewis a champion of WA farming, The West Australian, Retrieved 16 May 2016