Les Irwin

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Les Irwin
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Mitchell
In office
30 November 1963 – 2 December 1972
Preceded by John Armitage
Succeeded by Alfred Ashley-Brown
Personal details
Born (1898-05-01)1 May 1898
Newcastle, New South Wales
Died 28 January 1985(1985-01-28) (aged 86)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Occupation Bank manager
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Military service
Allegiance Australia Commonwealth of Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Australian Flying Corps
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 35th Battalion

Leslie Herbert "Les" Irwin, CBE (1 May 1898 – 28 January 1985) was an Australian politician. Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, he was educated at state schools and underwent military service 1916-30.[1] Upon the end of his service, he became a bank manager. In 1963, he was selected as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Mitchell in the Australian House of Representatives. He was the last person born in the nineteenth century, the last person born before Federation, and the last World War I veteran elected to the House. He held Mitchell until his defeat in 1972. Irwin died in 1985.[2]


  1. ^ World War I Nominal Roll
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Armitage
Member for Mitchell
1963 – 1972
Succeeded by
Alfred Ashley-Brown