Gavan Troy

Gavan John Troy (born 31 May 1940) is a former Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1983 to 1993. He served as a minister in the governments of Brian Burke, Peter Dowding, and Carmen Lawrence.[1]

Gavan Troy
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
19 February 1983 – 4 February 1989
Preceded byTom Herzfeld
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
In office
4 February 1989 – 6 February 1993
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded byJune van de Klashorst
ConstituencySwan Hills
Personal details
Born (1940-05-31) 31 May 1940 (age 80)
Subiaco, Western Australia
Political partyLabor
Alma materWAIT

Troy was elected to the seat of Mundaring in 1983, winning his seat by 16 votes. He served until the electorate was abolished in 1989. From 1989 until 1993, he represented the electorate of Swan Hills.[2][3][4]

Troy was one of three ministers sacked during a cabinet reshuffle in early 1991 and was the only one to stay in the parliamentary Labor Party.[5]

In 2004 Troy was appointed to a two-year term as commissioner for the Shire of York.[6]


  1. ^ Gavan John Troy – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "A Numerical Listing of Members of the Legislative Assembly since 1890" (PDF). Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Swan Hills". ABC News. 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  4. ^ Emerson, Daniel (18 March 2013). "Roberts home by 23 votes in Midland". The West Australian. Midland is believed to be the closest electoral race since Labor’s Gavan Troy won the former seat of Mundaring by 16 votes in 1983.
  5. ^ Kaye, Tony (31 January 1991). "Lawrence defends sackings". The Australian Financial Review.
  6. ^ "Ex-minister appointed York commissioner". ABC News. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Tom Herzfeld
Member for Mundaring
New creation Member for Swan Hills
Succeeded by
June van de Klashorst