Charles Culley

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The Honourable
Charles Culley
Charles Culley.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Denison
In office
17 November 1928 – 19 December 1931
Preceded by John Gellibrand
Succeeded by Arthur Hutchin
Personal details
Born (1877-04-16)16 April 1877
Brighton, Tasmania
Died 10 June 1949(1949-06-10) (aged 72)
New Town, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Pope
Occupation Miner, unionist

Charles Ernest Culley CMG (16 April 1877 – 10 June 1949) was an Australian politician who was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly and the Australian House of Representatives.

Culley was born at Broadmarsh, near Brighton, Tasmania and attended primary school. He worked in stables and was occasionally a jockey. He later worked as a miner at Broken Hill, Beaconsfield and Tullah and married Mary Jane Pope, in 1906. He was elected secretary of the Amalgamated Miners' Association in 1912. He moved to Hobart in 1913 and became prominent in the union movement. He was president of the Hobart Trades Hall Council for most of the period from 1934 to 1944.[1]

Political career[edit]

Culley was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Denison for the Australian Labor Party at the 1922 election. He lost his seat in the 1928 state election, but won the federal seat of Denison at the 1928 federal election. When Joseph Lyons resigned from the Scullin in March 1931, Culley became Assistant Minister for Transport and War Service Homes in the Scullin Ministry, but in June he resigned in protest at cabinet's support for the fiscally-conservative Premiers' Plan to deal with the Great Depression. He lost his seat at the 1931 election. In 1934, he was elected to the state seat of Denison. He was chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works from 1934 to 1943. He was minister for mines from 1942 to 1943 and then chief secretary and minister for transport. In 1946, he did not seek re-election to the ministry due to his poor health and he retired from parliament in August 1948.[1][2]

Culley was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1947. He died at the Hobart suburb of New Town and was survived by his wife, a daughter and four sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Davis, R. P. (1981). "Culley, Charles Ernest (1877–1949)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 6 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Culley, Charles Ernest". The Parliament of Tasmania from 1856. Parliament of Tasmania. Retrieved 6 March 2008. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Gellibrand
Member for Denison
Succeeded by
Arthur Hutchin