George Cornell (politician)

George Meredith Cornell (3 September 1910 – 6 July 1967) was an Australian politician who was a Country Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1947 until his death. He served as a minister in the government of Sir David Brand.

George Cornell
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
15 March 1947 – 3 March 1950
Preceded byWilliam Telfer
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
ConstituencyAvon
In office
3 March 1950 – 6 July 1967
Preceded byHugh Leslie
Succeeded byRay McPharlin
ConstituencyMount Marshall
Personal details
Born(1910-09-03)3 September 1910
Boulder, Western Australia, Australia
Died6 July 1967(1967-07-06) (aged 56)
Scarborough, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyCountry

Cornell was born in Boulder, Western Australia, to Mary Ann (née Daws) and James Cornell. His father was also a member of parliament. Cornell was raised in Perth, and after leaving school studied accounting. He worked for periods at the Bank of Western Australia and the Agricultural Bank of Western Australia, and later at private firms in Perth and Kellerberrin (a small Wheatbelt town). Cornell served on the Kellerberrin Road Board from 1942 to 1947, including as chairman from 1945 to 1947.[1] He entered parliament at the 1947 state election, defeating the sitting Labor member, William Telfer, in the seat of Avon.[2]

At the 1950 election, Cornell's seat was abolished, and he transferred to the nearby seat of Mount Marshall.[2] In 1961, following the death of Charles Perkins, he was elevated to the ministry, becoming Minister for Transport, Minister for Police, and Minister for Native Welfare in the Brand government. However, he served as a minister for less than six months, leaving cabinet after the 1962 state election. Having been returned unopposed at six consecutive elections, Cornell died in office in July 1967, as the result of a road accident outside his home in Scarborough. He had married Mollie Gladys Pope in 1940, with whom he had five sons.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b George Meredith Cornell – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b 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
William Telfer
Member for Avon
1947–1950
Abolished
Preceded by
Hugh Leslie
Member for Mount Marshall
1950–1967
Succeeded by
Ray McPharlin
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Perkins
Minister for Transport
1961–1962
Succeeded by
James Craig
Preceded by
Charles Perkins
Minister for Police
1961–1962
Succeeded by
James Craig
Preceded by
Charles Perkins
Minister for Native Welfare
1961–1962
Succeeded by
Edgar Lewis