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Bill Moore (Queensland politician)

Bill Moore
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Merthyr
In office
9 November 1940 – 3 August 1957
Preceded by James Keogh
Succeeded by Ray Ramsden
Personal details
Born William Matthew Moore
(1897-09-11)11 September 1897
Miles, Queensland, Australia
Died 3 February 1976(1976-02-03) (aged 78)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Political party QLP
Other political
Spouse(s) Susan May Madden (m.1924 d.1981)
Occupation School teacher

William Matthew "Bill" Moore (11 September 1897 – 3 February 1976) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]


Moore was born at Miles, Queensland, the son of Patrick Moore and his wife Elizabeth Ann (née Cleary) and was educated in Miles and Brisbane. He was a schoolteacher for thirteen years and an inspector for the State Government Insurance Office. From 1933 to 1940 he was a private businessman. He died in February 1976[1] and was buried in the Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery.[2]

Public careerEdit

When the sitting member for Merthyr, James Keogh died in 1940 a by-election was held. Moore, the Labor Party candidate, defeated the UAP candidate and previous member for Merthyr, Patrick Kerwin.[3] In 1957, Moore had joined with Premier, Vince Gair and most of his cabinet in forming the breakaway QLP. An election was called later in the year and he was defeated by the Liberal Party's Ray Ramsden.[1]

During his time in government, Moore held the following portfolios:[1]

  • Acting Secretary for Labour and Industry 1948-1949
  • Secretary for Mines and Immigration 1949-1950
  • Secretary for Health and Home Affairs 1950-1957

When Queensland's free hospital scheme was under attack by the federal government in the 1950s Moore fought tooth and nail to successfully retain it.[4] He was also the member responsible for the Health Acts Amendment Act 1955 which banned the manufacture, sale or use of paint containing white lead.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Deceased Search — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Labour Holds Two Seats In State By-Elections". The Courier-mail (2244). Queensland, Australia. 11 November 1940. p. 3. Retrieved 11 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ Motion of CondolenceHansard. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
James Keogh
Member for Merthyr
Succeeded by
Ray Ramsden