Mr Harold George COATES (1917 - 2002)**

  • Date of Birth: 22/04/1917
  • Place of Birth: Hampton, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 09/04/2002
  • Place of Death: Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly1 May 19652 Apr 197610yr(s) 11mth(s) 2day(s)
Member for Hartley1 May 196523 Jan 19682yr(s) 8mth(s) 23day(s)
41st (1965 - 1968)
Member for Blue Mountains24 Feb 196813 Jan 19712yr(s) 10mth(s) 21day(s)
42nd (1968 - 1971)
Member for Blue Mountains13 Feb 197119 Oct 19732yr(s) 8mth(s) 7day(s)
43rd (1971 - 1973)
Member for Blue Mountains17 Nov 19732 Apr 19762yr(s) 4mth(s) 17day(s)
44th (1973 - 1976)
Acting Chairman of Committees4 Mar 197524 Apr 19751mth(s) 21day(s)

Political Party Activity

Liberal Party in 1947; later Independent., usually voted with Liberal-Country coalition.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Timber merchant. Educated at Lithgow High School and Technical College; builder; worked in father's timberyard, Lithgow, in which he gained a part interest in 1944, controlling an interest in 1947, trading as G.Coates and Sons Pty Ltd, managing director; president of Lithgow and District Show Society from 1960; foundation president of Lithgow Aged Peoples Association from 1956; member of Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies advisory committee of New South Wales from 1957 until 1965, Library Board from 1956 until 1965, New South Wales State Planning Authority from 1964 until 1974, of Development Corporation of New South Wales from 1966; president of Hartley District Boy Scouts Association; member of Lithgow Technical College. Rotarian.

Local Government Activity

Alderman at Lithgow from 1945 until 1959, Mayor in 1947, 1954 until 1957, 1976; executive member of Local Government Association of New South Wales. Member of New South Wales Local Government Board of Appeals from 1956 until 1959; chairman of Blayney Abattoir County Council from 1954 until 1959, member from 1963 until 1965.


Son of George Coates, timber merchant, and Emily Ivy Moore. Married Kathleen Winchester on 20 May 1939 and had issue, 2 daughters and 2 sons.

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