David "Darby" Riordan (23 July 1886 – 15 October 1936) was an Australian politician.[1]

Darby Riordan
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Kennedy
In office
12 October 1929 – 15 October 1936
Preceded byGrosvenor Francis
Succeeded byBill Riordan
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Burke
In office
16 March 1918 – 16 September 1929
Preceded byWilliam Murphy
Succeeded byArthur Jones
Personal details
David Riordan

(1886-07-23)23 July 1886
Mackay, Queensland, Australia
Died15 October 1936(1936-10-15) (aged 50)
Brisbane, Australia
Resting placeLutwyche Cemetery
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Gertrude Anne Purcell (m.1913 d.1969)
RelationsBill Riordan (nephew)
Jim Riordan (brother)
Ernest Riordan (brother)

Riordan was the Australian Labor Party member for Burke in the Queensland Legislative Assembly, winning the seat in 1918. He held Burke till 1929 at which time he resigned from the seat to successfully contest the House of Representatives seat of Kennedy at the 1929 federal election.[1]

Riordan won Kennedy from the sitting Nationalist Party member, Grosvenor Francis.[2] He held the seat, improving his vote at each election, till his death in 1936 and succeeded by his nephew Bill.

Darcy Riordan had two brothers who were also politicians: Jim Riordan (a member of the Queensland Legislative Council from 1917 to 1922) and Ernest Riordan (a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1936 to 1944 and 1950 to 1954).[3][4]

Riordan died in 1936. His funeral was held at St Stephan's Cathedral, and proceeded to the Lutwyche Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  2. ^ LEGISLATIVE ELECTION OF 12 OCTOBER 1929Psephos. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 August 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  4. ^ Preston, A. N. (2002). "Riordan, William James Frederick (1908–1973)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Family Notices". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 16 October 1936. p. 1. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Grosvenor Francis
Member for Kennedy
Succeeded by
Bill Riordan
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
William Murphy
Member for Burke
Succeeded by
Arthur Jones