History Resources - Officers of the Parliament of Tasmania from 1856

William Arthur Neilson

William Arthur Neilson

Surname: NEILSON

Given Names: William Arthur

Title and Honours: Mr, AC, Hon. (23 November 1977)


Date and Place of Birth: 27 August 1925 - Hobart, Tasmania

Date of Death: 9 November 1989



House of Assembly: 23 November 1946

Electorate: Franklin

Party: ALP

Positions Held: Premier 31 March 1975 to 1 December 1977; various other portfolios

Date of Departure: 1 December 1977

Reason for Departure: Resigned.


Became Agent-General in London after resignation. Granted the right to use the title 'Honourable' for life on 23 November 1977.

For many years held record as youngest member (at 21) elected to HA. Theatre critic for Mercury during 1980s.

House of Assembly Long Room Picture: 487

House of Assembly Long Room Picture Number indicates each Member's position in the photographic record.

Source: Parliament of Tasmania Members Biographical Database, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

Additional Reference Material:

A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics, 1890-1964 [by] Colin A. Hughes and B. D. Graham. Canberra, ANU Press, 1968. Biographical Register of the Tasmanian Parliament, 1851-1960 / Scott Bennett and Barbara Bennett. Canberra : ANU, 1980.