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Copley, William John

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Birth Date: 23 September 1906 (Ipswich, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date: 21 April 1975 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Patrick Kerry Copley and Ada Cecilia (nee Sloane)

Family: Marie Joyce Redwood on 16 December 1935, 4 sons, 1 daughter

Education: Maryborough and Brisbane schools

Religion: Roman Catholic

Relationship to Politician: William Copley was the brother of Patrick Kerry Copley, who was the member for Kurilpa from 1932 to 1949


Industrial Inspector, Department of Labour and Industry; Employee, Agricultural Bank; Employee, Public Service, Department of Agriculture and Stock; Editor, 'State Service' publication

Party Positions:

  1. (ALP) Vice-President, ALP, Kurilpa Branch
  2. (ALP) Member, Queensland Central Executive
  3. (ALP) Member, Australian Labor Party and Queensland Labor Party, 1957

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Bulimba 11 Jun 1932 2 Apr 1938 Did not contest

Additional Information

Notes: President, Queensland State Service Union, 1929-1932; Member, Trades and Labor Council and the Public Service Appeals Board. He was the architect of a fair and impartial petrol roster system that operated at weekends in Brisbane and other principal cities; In 1963 and 1964 he suffered from throat and neck cancer. He underwent major surgery several times and suffered a heart attack during this period

Sources: Queensland Parliamentary Debates, Motion of Condolence, Second session of the 41 Parliament, Vol. 268, 19 Aug 1975, pp. 3-4 (Brisbane, Qld: Government printer); Courier-Mail, 'Death of ex-MLA', 25 Apr 1975

[Last Modified: Wednesday, 14 June 2017]