Anderson, Mervyn John Reginald, OBE


Anderson, Mervyn John Reginald, OBE
Birth Date: 4 April 1909 (Toowoomba, Queensland)
Death Date: 14 November 1971 (Toowoomba, Queensland)
Parents: John Anderson and Clara Jane (nee Harrold)
Family: Ethel Roberts Nairne on 17 January 1935, 2 sons, 1 daughter
Education: Toowoomba State School
Religion: Presbyterian


Manager, Chairman and Director, Western Transport Pty Ltd until 1971; Managing Director, Maranoa Transport Pty Ltd; Service station proprietor, Drayton; Delivery boy for father's grocery store

Local Government Service: Alderman, Toowoomba City Council, 1952 to 1961; Mayor, Toowoomba City Council, 1952 to 1958; Councillor, Drayton Shire Council

Parliamentary Representation

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly LIB Toowoomba 3 Aug 1957 28 May 1960
Assembly LIB Toowoomba East 28 May 1960 28 May 1966 Did not contest

Additional Information

Notes: His interests included bowls and photography. Member: Toowoomba Bowls Club; South Toowoomba Bowls Clubs; Salvation Army Advisory Board; Toowoomba High School Parents and Citizens' Association; and Association of the Institute of Transport. State President, Queensland Sub-Normal Children's Welfare Association, from 1967 until his death; National President, Australian Association for the Mentally Retarded, 1971; Chairman, St Vincent's Hospital Advisory Board; President, Rotary Club of Toowoomba; Freemason. He was a champion motorcyclist and the only Queenslander to date at that time to win the Tourist Traffic Cycle Trophy in 1934. He lost his leg in an accident in 1936 . He was nicknamed 'Curly' Anderson. He died suddenly at home.
Sources: Image courtesy of Local History and Robinson Collections, Toowoomba City Library; Queensland Parilamentary Debates, Third Session of the 39th Parliament, V. 258, pp. 1827-1828; Courier-Mail, 'Qld. father of year dies, 62', 15 November 1971; Alexander, Joseph A, Who's Who in Australia XVIIIth Edition, (Melbourne: Colorgravure Publications, 1965); Waterson, DB and John Arnold, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1930-1980, (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982)
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