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Nigel Drury

Nigel Drury
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Ryan
In office
10 December 1949 – 11 November 1975
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byJohn Moore
Personal details
Born(1911-05-15)15 May 1911
Clifton, Queensland
Died17 May 1984(1984-05-17) (aged 73)
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia

Edward Nigel Drury CBE (15 May 1911 – 17 May 1984) was an Australian politician and grandson of Colonel Edward Robert Drury, pastoralist, business man, the first CEO of the Queensland National Bank, and a member of the family well known in Brisbane at the end of the 19th century.

Drury was born in Clifton, Queensland and was educated at Brisbane Grammar School before becoming a corporate accountant. He served in the military from 1942 to 1946 and was on the Queensland State Executive of the Liberal Party on his return. In 1949, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for the new seat of Ryan. In the same year, he married Valerie Thomas, daughter of the Naval Officer in Charge of Brisbane during the Second World War, Captain E P Thomas.[1]

During his parliamentary career, he was chairman of the Commonwealth Immigration Planning Council, a deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, chairman of the Privileges Committee, and for many years deputy chairman of committees of the House. He held the seat of Ryan through 11 elections, until his retirement in 1975. Drury died in 1984 and was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[2]

His son Dr. Christopher Drury served as the Australian Electoral Officer for South Australia from 2001 until 2011.[3]


  1. ^ "THE SATURDAY PAGE SIR ZELMAN COWEN". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). 24 July 1982. p. 11. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  2. ^ Drury Edward Nigel — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 26 July 2008.
Parliament of Australia Preceded byNew seat Member for Ryan 1949 – 1975 Succeeded byJohn Moore

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