Merv Hunter

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Merv Hunter
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Lake Macquarie
Preceded by Jim Simpson
Succeeded by Jeff Hunter
Personal details
Born 23 February 1926
Waratah, New South Wales
Died 2 January 2013(2013-01-02) (aged 86)
Arcadia Vale, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Profession Fitter

Mervyn (Merv) Leslie Hunter (23 February 1926 – 2 January 2013) was an Australian politician. He was the state Member of Parliament for the electorate of Lake Macquarie representing the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1969 to 1991 and was the Shire President of the City of Lake Macquarie in 1969, resigning to enter the NSW Parliament . His son Jeff Hunter was the member for Lake Macquarie from 1991 to 2007.[1]

He was a fitter and turner by trade. He was educated at Adamstown Primary School, Newcastle Junior High School, Junee High School and Newcastle Technical College. He apprenticed as a fitter and turner, previously fitter and machinist.

Hunter joined the Australian Labor Party in 1959. He was President of the New South Wales Parliamentary Labor Party, Member of Caucas committees on Local Government; Water Resources; Housing; Mineral Resources; Industry and Small Business; Energy and Technology.

Hunter was the Shire President of the Shire of Lake Macquarie in 1969 and Deputy President from 1965 to 1969. He served in the Shire of Lake Macquarie as an Alderman from 1962 to 1971. He left Local Government after the expiry of his term as an Alderman to continue on in his position as member for Lake Macquarie.

Two of Hunter's sons, Jeff and Alan Hunter, were Councillors on the City of Lake Macquarie. Jeff later succeeded his father as member for Lake Macquarie.

After retiring from politics, Hunter retired to the suburb of Arcadia Vale in Southern Lake Macquarie. He enjoyed recreational interests in swimming, lawn bowls and sailing in retirement and was given Life Membership to Wangi Wangi Workers Club in Southern Lake Macquarie. He died in January 2013.[2]


  1. ^ "Mr (Merv) Mervyn Leslie Hunter (1926 - 2013)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Cronshaw, Damon. "Former Lake MP Merv Hunter passes away | Newcastle Herald". Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Jim Simpson
Member for Lake Macquarie
1969 – 1991
Succeeded by
Jeff Hunter