Edgar Lewis

Edgar Henry Mead Lewis (12 February 1902 – 26 April 1992) was an Australian politician who was a Country Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1958 to 1974, representing the seat of Moore.


Edgar Lewis
Deputy Leader of the Country Party
in Western Australia
In office
February 1962 – March 1971
Preceded byCrawford Nalder
Succeeded byRay McPharlin
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
20 September 1958 – 30 March 1974
Preceded byJohn Ackland
Succeeded byBert Crane
ConstituencyMoore
Personal details
Born(1902-02-12)12 February 1902
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Died26 April 1992(1992-04-26) (aged 90)
Doubleview, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyCountry

Lewis was born in Fremantle, and attended Fremantle Boys' School. He left school at an early age to work as a farmhand, and in 1924 he and his brother purchased their own property at Miling. They eventually acquired another three farms, and Lewis became a member of various farming industry groups (including a director of what is now Wesfarmers). He was elected to the Moora Road Board in 1936, serving until 1939.[1] Lewis entered parliament at the 1958 Moore by-election, which had been caused by the death of the sitting member, John Ackland.[2] In February 1962, following the retirement of the Country Party leader, Arthur Watts, he was elected to replace Crawford Nalder (the new leader) as deputy leader of the party. Lewis was consequently elevated to the ministry, becoming Minister for Education and Minister for Electricity. A few months later, he was also appointed Minister for Native Welfare (following George Cornell's resignation), although Crawford Nalder took over his electricity portfolio. Lewis remained in the ministry until the government's defeat at the 1971 state election, and afterward was replaced as deputy leader by Ray McPharlin. He left parliament at the 1974 election, and retired to Perth, where he died in 1992, aged 90.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Edgar Henry Mead Lewis – 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.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
John Ackland
Member for Moore
1958–1974
Succeeded by
Bert Crane
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Watts
Minister for Education
1962–1971
Succeeded by
John Tonkin
Preceded by
Arthur Watts
Minister for Electricity
1962
Succeeded by
Crawford Nalder
Preceded by
George Cornell
Minister for Native Welfare
1962–1971
Abolished