Hugh Leslie

Hugh Alan Leslie OBE (17 April 1900 – 2 September 1974) was an Australian politician. He was a member of the Country Party and served terms in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly (1943–1949) and House of Representatives (1949–1958, 1961–1963). He was a newspaper editor before entering politics.

Hugh Leslie

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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Moore
In office
10 December 1949 – 22 November 1958
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byHugh Halbert
In office
9 December 1961 – 1 November 1963
Preceded byHugh Halbert
Succeeded byDon Maisey
Personal details
Born(1900-04-17)17 April 1900
Durban, South Africa
Died2 September 1974(1974-09-02) (aged 74)
Nedlands, Western Australia
Political partyAustralian Country Party
Spouse(s)Isabel Margaret Dawson
OccupationNewspaper editor

Early lifeEdit

Leslie was born in Durban, South Africa on 17 April 1900 to Charles Leslie and Helen Gibson. His parents died when Hugh was very young and he was raised in a facility, educated at King William's Town and Grahamstown College,[clarification needed] at Grahamstown. Leslie served in the South African armed forces from 1916 to 1919 and worked in small jobs until emigrating to Victoria, Australia in 1923 and arriving in Western Australia in 1927. Leslie became very active in Country Party affairs and became Wyalkatchem's branch secretary in 1928. On 26 December 1931 Leslie married Isabel Margaret Dawson (aged 21), eventually bearing seven children. The North-Eastern Wheatbelt Tribune acquired Leslie as its editor in that same year and he went on to become its proprietor.[1]

State politicsEdit

Leslie exited the print media in 1939 and became chairman of the Wyalkatchem District Patriotic Committee and the president of the local Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia. He joined the army in 1940, stationed in the Middle East. Leslie's right leg was amputated in 1941 following an injury in Libya and was discharged from the army in 1943. He was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly on 20 November of that year in the seat of Mount Marshall. He served as the party whip and party secretary until his resignation from State parliament on 30 October 1949.[1]

Federal politicsEdit

Leslie won the Division of Moore on 10 December 1949 and continued a successful political career, including a six-year stint with the Public Accounts Committee from 1952 to 1958. He lost his seat in 1958, and regained it in 1961. Leslie resigned from his position in 1963 due to his wife's ill health. After the 1964 Senate elections he was suspended from the Country Party for five months for allowing how-to-vote cards similar to the Liberal Party's to be distributed. In 1967 Leslie was appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE).[1]

Leslie died on 2 September 1974 in Repatriation General Hospital in Nedlands, Perth.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Leslie, Hugh Alan". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 15 October 2007.
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Frederick Warner
Member for Mount Marshall
1943 – 1949
Succeeded by
George Cornell
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Moore
Succeeded by
Hugh Halbert
Preceded by
Hugh Halbert
Member for Moore
Succeeded by
Don Maisey