Nigel Drury

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Nigel Drury
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Ryan
In office
10 December 1949 – 11 November 1975
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by John Moore
Personal details
Born (1911-05-15)15 May 1911
Clifton, Queensland
Died 17 May 1984(1984-05-17) (aged 73)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Occupation Accountant

Edward Nigel Drury, CBE (15 May 1911 – 17 May 1984) was an Australian politician and grandson of Colonel Edward Robert Drury, pastoralist, business man, the first CEO of the Queensland National Bank and a member of the family well known in Brisbane at the end of the 19th century.

Nigel Drury was born in Clifton, Queensland and was educated at Brisbane Grammar School before becoming a corporate accountant. He served in the military 1942-1946, and was on the Queensland State Executive of the Liberal Party on his return. In 1949, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for the new seat of Ryan. In the same year, 1949, he married Valerie Thomas, daughter of the Naval Officer in Charge of Brisbane during the second world war, Captain E P Thomas.

During his parliamentary career he was chairman of the Commonwealth Immigration Planning Council, a deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, chairman of the Privileges Committee, and for many years deputy chairman of committees of the House. He held the seat of Ryan through 11 elections, until his retirement in 1975. Nigel Drury died in 1984 and was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[1]

Nigel Drury is survived by his two sons, Roger Drury and Christopher Drury. Dr Christopher Drury served as the Australian Electoral Officer for South Australia from 2001 until 2011.[2]


  1. ^ Drury Edward Nigel — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Ryan
1949 – 1975
Succeeded by
John Moore