Costello, Edward

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Birth Date: 7 February 1883 (Thane's Creek, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date: 27 June 1967 (Warwick, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: James Costello and Elizabeth Mary (nee Ham)

Family: Ruth Evelyn Harn on 26 March 1924 in Sydney, 2 sons, 2 daughters

Education: Thane State School

Religion: Presbyterian


Grazier on family property 'Seagoe', Thane, purchased in 1924

Military Service: Commanding Officer of the 25th Battalion, AMF; Major in the 11th Light Horse Regiment (Gallipoli and Desert Column, 1914 to 1918); Chairman of the Military Courts, Egyptian Rebellion, 1919

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly CP Carnarvon 9 Oct 1920 8 May 1926
Assembly CPNP Carnarvon 8 May 1926 11 May 1935

Additional Information

Notes: Soon after the outbreak of World War I he enlisted in the AIF and served with the Light Horse at Gallipoli and in the desert campaign. Great War: Major Costello was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 8 March 1919 for bravery during the charge of Semakh, on the Sea of Galilee, on 25 September 1918. This action was claimed to be the only charge ever made by the British Cavalry before daylight. He was also awarded Mention in Despatches. Member, RSL Warwick Sub branch; former patron, Spurs and Feathers Club.

Sources: Image courtesy of the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image No: 702692-19150710-s0022-0009; Courier-Mail, 'Land of wartime legends', Costello, D, 26 Apr 2003; Queensland Parliamentary Debates, Motion of condolence, Second session of the 38th Parliament, Vol. 246, 9 Aug 1967, pp. 7-9 (Brisbane, Qld: Goverment Printer); Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001); Darling Downs Studies Journal, `A biographical memoir of Edward Costello (1884-1967): Downs farmer, soldier and member of parliament, 1978, p. 34-39.

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