Leslie Diver

Sir Leslie Charles Diver (4 November 1899 – 4 August 1995) was an Australian politician who served as a Country Party member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1952 to 1974. He was President of the Legislative Council from 1960 to 1974. Only Clive Griffiths and Sir John Kirwan have served in the position longer.


Sir Leslie Diver
President of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
28 July 1960 – 21 May 1974
Preceded bySir Charles Latham
Succeeded bySir Arthur Griffith
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
3 May 1952 – 21 May 1974
Preceded byGarnet Wood
Succeeded byHarry Gayfer
ConstituencyCentral Province
Personal details
Born(1899-11-04)4 November 1899
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died4 August 1995(1995-08-04) (aged 95)
Kellerberrin, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyCountry

Early lifeEdit

Diver was born in Perth to Charlotte Ella (née Pearce) and Joseph William Diver. Leaving school at an early age, he worked for a period as a farm labourer and contractor before buying his own farm at Yorkrakine (a small Wheatbelt town) in 1924. Diver was elected to the Kellerberrin Road Board in 1933, and served until 1946. He was chairman in 1940, and again from 1942 to 1946.[1]

PoliticsEdit

A long-time member of the Country Party, Diver first stood for parliament at the 1950 Legislative Council election, but was defeated by Norm Baxter in his candidacy for Central Province. He eventually entered parliament in May 1952, after winning the by-election caused by the death of Garnet Wood. Following the retirement of Sir Charles Latham in 1960, Diver was elected President of the Legislative Council. He served in the position for almost 14 years (a term length surpassed by only Clive Griffiths and Sir John Kirwan), finally retiring from politics in 1974.[2]

Later lifeEdit

Diver was knighted for his service in June 1975, on the recommendation on the government of Sir Charles Court.[3] He died in Kellerberrin in August 1995, aged 95.[1] At the time of his death, he was the oldest-lived MP in Western Australia's history, although several others have since died at greater ages.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Leslie Charles Diver – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ Presidents of the Legislative Council – Parliamentary Library Western Australia. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 46593". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 1975. p. 7370.
  4. ^ The Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook (Twenty-Third Edition) Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, p. 242.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Sir Charles Latham
President of the Legislative Council
1960–1974
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Griffith