Sir (Bill) William John MCKELL (1891 - 1985)**
- Date of Birth: 26/09/1891
- Place of Birth: Pambula, New South Wales, Australia
- Date of Death: 11/01/1985
- Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||24 Mar 1917||6 Feb 1947||29yr(s) 10mth(s) 14day(s)|
|Member for Redfern||24 Mar 1917||18 Feb 1920||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 26day(s)|
24th (1917 - 1920)
|Member for Botany||20 Mar 1920||17 Feb 1922||1yr(s) 10mth(s) 29day(s)|
25th (1920 - 1922)
|Member for Botany||25 Mar 1922||18 Apr 1925||3yr(s) 25day(s)|
26th (1922 - 1925)
|Member for Botany||30 May 1925||7 Sep 1927||2yr(s) 3mth(s) 9day(s)|
27th (1925 - 1927)
|Member for Redfern||8 Oct 1927||18 Sep 1930||2yr(s) 11mth(s) 11day(s)|
28th (1927 - 1930)
|Member for Redfern||25 Oct 1930||18 May 1932||1yr(s) 6mth(s) 24day(s)|
29th (1930 - 1932)
|Member for Redfern||11 Jun 1932||12 Apr 1935||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 2day(s)|
30th (1932 - 1935)
|Member for Redfern||11 May 1935||24 Feb 1938||2yr(s) 9mth(s) 14day(s)|
31st (1935 - 1938)
|Member for Redfern||4 Mar 1938||18 Apr 1941||3yr(s) 1mth(s) 15day(s)|
32nd (1938 - 1941)
|Member for Redfern||10 May 1941||24 Apr 1944||2yr(s) 11mth(s) 15day(s)|
33rd (1941 - 1944)
|Member for Redfern||27 May 1944||6 Feb 1947||2yr(s) 8mth(s) 11day(s)|
34th (1944 - 1947)
|Assistant Minister of Justice||13 Apr 1920||21 Dec 1920||8mth(s) 9day(s)|
|Minister of Justice||22 Dec 1920||10 Oct 1921||9mth(s) 19day(s)|
|Minister of Justice||10 Oct 1921||20 Dec 1921||2mth(s) 11day(s)|
|Minister of Justice||20 Dec 1921||13 Apr 1922||3mth(s) 25day(s)|
|Minister of Justice and Assistant Colonial Treasurer||17 Jun 1925||7 Jun 1927||1yr(s) 11mth(s) 22day(s)|
|Minister for Local Government||4 Nov 1930||17 Jun 1931||7mth(s) 14day(s)|
|Minister of Justice||17 Jun 1931||13 May 1932||10mth(s) 27day(s)|
|Premier ||16 May 1941||6 Feb 1947||5yr(s) 8mth(s) 22day(s)|
|Colonial Treasurer||16 May 1941||6 Feb 1947||5yr(s) 8mth(s) 22day(s)|
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Member of central executive from 1916 until 1917; leader from 1939 until 1947, voted for R.J Heffron as successor.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Boilermaker. Moved with parents to Sydney in 1897. Educated at Bourke Street public school; father died when aged ten; worked in city chemist shop; served an apprenticeship at Mort's Dock, later named Poole and Steele, boilermaker of Railways Department from 1913 until 1914; Hoskins Iron Works and Australian Gas Light Company; formed apprentice's union representing it at the state arbitration court ; assistant secretary of Boilermakers' Union from 1915 until 1917; called to Bar in 1925; member of Malayan Constitutional Commission in 1956; purchased a grazing property near Goulburn in 1930's; keen sportsman, continued with amateur boxing championships from 1908 until 1909, played grade football for Balmain; trustee of Sydney Cricket Ground, chairman in 1938; author in 1945.
Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) 1951. Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) University of Sydney 1952. King's Counsel (KC) in 1946, Privy Councillor in 1948
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Governor-General of Australia 1947 - 1953.
Son of Robert Pollock McKell, butcher, and his wife Martha Shepherd. Married 7 January 1920 to Mary Pye, daughter of James Pye, and had issue, 1 son and 2 daughters. Church of England.
Christopher Cunneen, William John McKell, Boilermaker, Premier, Governor-General, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2000.
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales:
1. William McKell - papers, 1920 - 1974 (MLMSS 2027); photographs in the PICMAN Database.
2. Sir William McKell - further papers, ca/1925 - 1974 (MLMSS 2027 ADD-ON 686 [K 21948-K 21950]
3. Sir William McKell, further papers (MLMSS 2027, ADD-ON 1130), 4. Sir William McKell, papers, 1917 - 1985, (MLMSS 4603) [MLK 03886-MLK 03900]
5. Sir William McKell, transcript of interview conducted by the National Library of Australia, 29 April 1971 (MLDOC 3252)
6. McKell Family - Papers of Sir William McKell, Lady McKell and Betty McKell, 1943 - 1995. (MLMSS 7347); photographs in the PICMAN Database.
Personal and Related Papers in the New South Wales Parliamentary Archives:
PRS 486.LA/P: McKell Collection, 1939 - 1946.
PRS 256.L, Parliamentary Library, Oral History Tapes: PA Tapes A9 - A12 (Sir William McKell in conversation with Ken Turner, Department of Government, Sydney University; Heather Radi, Department of History, Sydney University; and David Clune, NSW Parliamentary Library. Recorded 1977).