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Lancelot Spurr

Lancelot Spurr
Spurr in 1939
16th Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly
In office
7 June 1950 – 12 April 1955
Preceded byBill Wedd
Succeeded byHorace Strutt
Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly
for Wilmot
In office
8 May 1941 – 13 October 1956
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wilmot
In office
27 May 1939 – 21 September 1940
Preceded byJoseph Lyons
Succeeded byAllan Guy
Personal details
Born(1897-03-17)17 March 1897
Deloraine, Tasmania
Died30 May 1965(1965-05-30) (aged 68)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

Lancelot Thomas Spurr (17 March 1897 – 30 May 1965) was an Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1939 to 1940 and the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1941 to 1956. He was Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1950 to 1955.

Born in Deloraine, Tasmania, he was educated at Catholic schools and became a draper in Deloraine. He operated his own men's and boys' drapery store for many years, moving through several sites in Deloraine until converting the town's delicensed Railway Hotel into a new store in 1940. He was active in local sporting circles, serving as president of the Deloraine Wanderers Football Club and as secretary of the Deloraine Athletic Club. He was also the president of the Deloraine branch of the Labor Party. He unsuccessfully stood for parliament three times - two state and one federal - prior to his eventual election.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

In 1939, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives in a by-election for the United Australia Party-held seat of Wilmot (caused by the death of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons); Spurr contested the seat for the Labor Party and defeated three UAP candidates (including former MPs Donald Charles Cameron and Allan Guy) to narrowly take the seat. In the 1940 election, however, Spurr was defeated by Guy.[1]

The following year he was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly, and he served as Speaker from 1950 to 1955, retiring from politics in 1956.[7] He died in 1965.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Labour claims Wilmot". Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate. 2 June 1939. p. 13. Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Trove.
  3. ^ "Mr. L T. Spurr Wins Wilmot Seat". The Advocate (Australia). 2 June 1939. p. 7. Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "Deloraine from 1925". Western Tiers. 18 November 1993. p. 26. Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "North-Western Tasmania: News and Notes". The Advocate (Australia). 26 July 1940. p. 4. Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Trove.
  6. ^ "Cotehele history". Western Tiers. 22 October 1996. p. 13. Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Trove.
  7. ^ "Lancelot Thomas Spurr". Members of the Parliament of Tasmania. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
Parliament of Australia Preceded byJoseph Lyons Member for Wilmot 1939–1940 Succeeded byAllan Guy Tasmanian House of Assembly Preceded byBill Wedd Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly 1950–1955 Succeeded byHorace Strutt

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