Kevin Ellis (politician)

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Sir Kevin Ellis

Kevin Ellis (1908-1975) c1950
Kevin Ellis (1908-1975) c1950
23rd Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
In office
26 May 1965 – 3 December 1973
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byRay Maher
Succeeded byJim Cameron
Personal details
Born(1908-05-15)15 May 1908
Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia
Died22 November 1975(1975-11-22) (aged 67)
Point Piper, New South Wales, Australia
Spouse(s)Bettie Maunsell
AwardsOrder of the British Empire (Civil).jpg KBE
Military service
Branch/service Royal Australian Air Force
RankFlight lieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War II

Sir Kevin William Collin Ellis KBE (15 May 1908 – 22 November 1975) was an Australian politician and solicitor,[1] elected as a Liberal member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Early life and education[edit]

Ellis was born in Grenfell, New South Wales to James Ellis, a farmer and migrant from England, and Florence Wyse. He was educated at Fort Street High School, graduated in law at the University of Sydney in 1931, and economics in 1939. He served as president of the University of Sydney Students' Representative Council in 1937 and 1938.


Ellis was elected the member for Coogee at a by-election in 1948, winning the seat for the Liberal Party, following the death of Labor MLA, Lou Cunningham.[2] He lost the seat at the 1953 election, regaining it in 1956. He lost it again in 1962, before becoming re-elected in 1965, and serving until his retirement in 1973. During his final term served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Ellis married Bettie Maunsell in July 1941 and they had one daughter and one son. He died in the Sydney suburb of Point Piper, New South Wales.[3]


Ellis was awarded a KBE in 1969.[3]

Sir Kevin Ellis Prize (for the best performance in the combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degree program) Faculty of Law/Faculty of Commerce, UNSW.


  1. ^ Gascoigne, John (1996). "Ellis, Sir Kevin William Colin (1908–1975)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 14. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Politics". Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954). 28 March 1948. p. 25. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Sir Kevin (William Colin) Ellis (1908 - 1975)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Lou Cunningham
Member for Coogee
1948 – 1953
Succeeded by
Lou Walsh
Preceded by
Lou Walsh
Member for Coogee
1956 – 1962
Preceded by
Lou Walsh
Member for Coogee
1965 – 1973
Succeeded by
Ross Freeman
Preceded by
Ray Maher
Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
1965 – 1973
Succeeded by
Jim Cameron