William Scott Fell

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William Scott Fell (20 July 1866 – 7 September 1930) was an Australian shipping merchant and politician.

Fell was born at Elleray Villa, Rosneath, Dunbartonshire, Scotland and educated at Dollar Academy and Graham's Academy, Greenock, Scotland. After his father's death, they migrated with their mother, reaching Sydney in 1879. He set up as a broker and then had mixed success as a shipping and coal contractor, but had achieved success by the outbreak of World War I. He married Emma Catherine Bain in September 1889.[1]

Fell stood for election as an Independent Liberal to the seat of Middle Harbour in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1907 and 1913. In 1922, he won North Shore as an independent coalition candidate, which he held until his resignation in 1927 to contest a by-election for the federal seat of Warringah.[1][2]

Fell died of a stroke in his Macquarie Street, Sydney home and was survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.[1] His brother, David Fell, was also a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Dryen, R G (1972). "Fell, William Scott (1866–1930)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Mr William Scott Fell (1866-1930)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Mr David Fell (1869–1956)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 May 2019.


New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Alfred Reid
Member for North Shore
1922 – 1927
Served alongside: Arthur, Cocks/Kay/Tonge, Murphy, Weaver/Reid
Succeeded by