Richard Lewis (Australian politician)

Kennon Richard Lewis AM (4 September 1939 – 3 March 2019) was an Australian politician who was a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1986 to 1996, representing the seats of East Melville (1986 to 1989) and Applecross (1989 to 1996).[1]


Richard Lewis

Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
8 February 1986 – 4 February 1989
Preceded byAnthony Trethowan
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
ConstituencyEast Melville
In office
4 February 1989 – 14 December 1996
Preceded byNone (new creation)
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
ConstituencyApplecross
Personal details
Born(1939-09-04)4 September 1939
East Fremantle, Western Australia
Died3 March 2019(2019-03-03) (aged 79)
Political partyLiberal

Born in East Fremantle, Lewis attended Fremantle Boys' School and Scotch College before going on to Perth Technical College, where he trained as a cartographer and surveyor. Prior to entering politics, he worked in various surveying and urban development roles, eventually becoming managing director of a consulting surveying firm. Lewis was a City of Melville councillor from 1970 to 1984, and was elected deputy mayor three times.[2] He first stood for parliament at the 1986 state election, and was elected to represent East Melville with 59.99 percent of the first-preference vote, replacing the retiring member Anthony Trethowan. East Melville was abolished prior to the 1989 election, but Lewis easily won the new seat of Applecross, which he continued to represent until his retirement at the 1996 election (which he did not contest).[3]

Lewis held multiple portfolios in the shadow cabinets of both Barry MacKinnon and Richard Court, and after the Liberal victory at the 1993 election was appointed Minister for Planning and Minister for Heritage in the Court–Cowan ministry. Following the resignation of Doug Shave later in 1993, he was also appointed Minister for Housing, although he was replaced by Kevin Prince after a few months. After leaving politics, Lewis was named chairman of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority (serving from 1997 to 2001), and was also a director of the Western Power Corporation (from 1998 to 2001).[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/kennon-lewis-obituary?pid=191725245
  2. ^ a b Kennon Richard Lewis – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  3. ^ 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
Anthony Trethowan
Member for East Melville
1986–1989
Abolished
New creation Member for Applecross
1989–1996
Abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
David Smith
Minister for Planning
1993–1997
Succeeded by
Graham Kierath
Preceded by
Jim McGinty
Minister for Heritage
1993–1997
Succeeded by
Graham Kierath
Preceded by
Doug Shave
Minister for Housing
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Kevin Prince