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Former Member Details

The Hon. Richard Weir KILLEN (1930 - 2012)

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Date of Birth: 26/01/1930
Place of Birth: Homebush, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 28/05/2012
Place of Death: Merriwa, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 27 Oct 1981 03 May 1991 9 years 6 months 7 days A Member of the directly elected Legislative Council. Date of Election 19 September 1981.
Political Party Activity
Country Party; then National Party. Member since 1948. Executive member various councils and branches. Secretary Tambar Springs Branch 1955-1962 (Chairman 1962-1963). Secretary Upper Hunter State Electoral Council 1961-1963 (Chairman 1963-1968). Chairman Burrendong State Electoral Council 1968-1972; Paterson Federal Electoral Council 1972-1977. Secretary/Chairman National Party Merriwa Branch 1965-1977. Central Executive (New South Wales) 1965-1983 (Vice-Chairman 1974-1978, Chairman 1978-1983). Vice-President (Australia) 1978-1983, Management Committee 1978-1983.
Community Activity
Member Royal Far West Childrens Health Scheme; Spastic Council (local); Pastoral Agricultural and Horticultural Societies; Bushmens Carnivals (local); New South Wales Farmers Association and former bodies (local). President Federal Cattle Society (2 terms). Treasurer Australian Shorthorn Export Association. Member local bushfire brigades and Parents & Citizens Associations.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Farmer and grazier. Educated at Blackfriars Correspondence School 1934-1942 and Sydney Grammar School 1942-1946 to Intermediate and leaving certificate levels. Jackeroo in New South Wales and Queensland 1946 - 1954. Manager of "Mollee" at Narrabri and Tambar Springs 1954. Owner of "Papanui" at Merriwa from 1954 - 1958. Judged beef cattle in United Kingdom 1978 and 1995. Interests include cattle breeding, farming and gardening.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Married Lesley Cameron in 1954 and had issue, 1 daughter and 1 son.
Additional Information
Farmer and grazier. Interes in cattle breeding, farming and gardening.