Kevin Ellis (politician)

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The Honourable
Sir Kevin Ellis
23rd Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
In office
26 May 1965 – 3 December 1973
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Ray Maher
Succeeded by Jim Cameron
Personal details
Born (1908-05-15)15 May 1908
Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia
Died 22 November 1975(1975-11-22) (aged 67)
Point Piper, New South Wales, Australia
Spouse(s) Bettie Maunsell
Religion Church of England
Awards Order of the British Empire (Civil).jpg KBE
Military service
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch  Royal Australian Air Force
Rank Flight lieutenant
Battles/wars World War II

Sir Kevin William Collin Ellis KBE (15 May 1908 – 22 November 1975) was an Australian politician, 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 in 1948. 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.[1]

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.[1]


Ellis was awarded a KBE in 1969.[1]

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. ^ a b c "Sir Kevin (William Colin) Ellis (1908 - 1975)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
Parliament of New South Wales
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