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Ramsden, Rev Samuel Raymond

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Birth Date: 10 October 1913 (Carlton, New South Wales, Australia)

Death Date: 1 July 1986 (Greenslopes, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Percy Charles Ramsden and Kezia (nee Clark)

Family: (2) Marie Rush Myhill on 15 November 1970, 1 son, 2 stepdaughters, (1) Audrey V Mills on 21 November 1946, 1 son

Education: Burwood Public School, New South Wales; Summer Hill Public School, Sydney; Parramatta High School; College of St John the Evangelist, Morpeth, NSW; Th.L., F.I.B.A.

Religion: Church of England


Administrator and chief executive, Multiple Handicapped Association of Queensland, 1971; Assistant secretary, Queensland Regional Committees Services Canteens Trust Fund, 1950 to 1957; Resigned church appointments, 1946; Department of Native Labour, Port Moresby, 1946; Rector of Geurie, New South Wales, 1939; Curate of the NSW parish of Parkes, 1937; Justice of the Peace

Party Positions:

  1. (LIB) Chairman, Merthyr Branch Liberal Party
  2. (LIB) Member, Executive representing Parliament wing

Military Service: Three years South-West Pacific with fighter wing of American invasion, Admiralty Islands, 1944; Served in RAAF, 1942 to 1945, Flight Lieutenant/Chaplain

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly LIB Merthyr 3 Aug 1957 30 Jun 1971

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Queensland delegate, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Uganda 1967
Honorary secretary and member, Committee of Youth (appointed by government) Dec 1957

Additional Information

Notes: Reverend Ramsden was hospitalised as a result of the war, 1947 to 1949. Past Chairman and Life Member, Multiple Handicapped Association of Queensland; Past Chairman, Brisbane Missions to Seamen; Past Member and Chairman, Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board; Past Member, Queensland Fire Services Council; Past Chairman, Queensland Council of Social Services and Coordinating Committee; Past Vice-Patron, Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women; Fellow, Royal Commonwealth Society; Life Fellow, Intercontinental Biographical Association; President, Queensland TocH, 1967; Member: RSL, New Farm; Queensland Soccer and Mayne Australian Rules Football clubs. Reverend Ramsden suffered serious problems with his lungs which resulted in a substanial part of both lungs being removed while he was a member of parliament. This impeded his breathing and made it difficult for him to speak for any length of time or to sustain any physical exercise

Sources: Waterson, DB and John Arnold, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1930-1980, (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982); Imaged sourced from 'Three Decades of Queensland Political History 1929-1960' by Clem Lack, 1962; Queensland Parliamentary Debates, 4th Session of the 44th Parliament, V.303, pp. 8-13

[Last Modified: Wednesday, 23 August 2017]