Reg Coady

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Reg Coady
Personal details
Born (1918-05-28)28 May 1918
Forest Lodge, New South Wales
Died 13 May 1977(1977-05-13) (aged 58)
Sydney, New South Wales
Political party Australian Labor Party

Reginald John Francis Coady (28 May 1918 – 13 May 1977) was an Australian politician and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1954 until 1973. He was a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

Coady was born in Forest Lodge and was the son of a carter. He was educated at Patrician Brothers High School, Forest Lodge and qualified as a book-keeper, eventually becoming the chief clerk for Tooheys Brewery. He was an official on the Federated Clerks' Union and became involved in community organisations in the Glebe area including the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and the Australian Red Cross. Coady was elected to the parliament as the Labor member for Leichhardt at the 1954 by-election caused by the suicide of the incumbent Labor member and ex-minister Claude Matthews. Coady held the seat for the next 3 elections until the seat was abolished at the 1962 state election. He then contested the seat of Drummoyne and defeated the sitting Liberal member Walter Lawrence. He retained the seat until his retirement at the 1973 election. Coady spent his entire 19-year career as a backbencher, and never held party or parliamentary office.


Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Claude Matthews
Member for Leichhardt
1954 – 1962
Succeeded by
seat abolished
Preceded by
Walter Lawrence
Member for Drummoyne
1962 – 1973
Succeeded by
Michael Maher