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Raymond William Thorburn (15 November 1930 – 30 January 1986) was an Australian politician. Born in Sydney, he was educated at Sydney Technical College before becoming an electrical engineer. He was the president of Sutherland Shire Council from 1971 to 1972, when was elected to the Australian House of Representatives for the Labor Party, defeating Liberal member Don Dobie for the seat of Cook. He held the seat until his defeat by Dobie in 1975, and made three unsuccessful attempts to retake it. He remains the only Laborite to have ever held the seat. He died in 1986.[1]

Ray Thorburn
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Cook
In office
2 December 1972 – 13 December 1975
Preceded byDon Dobie
Succeeded byDon Dobie
Personal details
Born(1930-11-15)15 November 1930
Died30 January 1986(1986-01-30) (aged 55)
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
OccupationElectrical engineer


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Don Dobie
Member for Cook
Succeeded by
Don Dobie