Leckie, John William

Born 14 October 1872 (Alexandra, Victoria)
Died 25 September 1947. (Hawthorn. Springvale crematorium)
Parents: James, butcher, farmer and grazier, b. Scotland and Mary Reilly, b. Ireland
Marriage: (1) 7 Apr 1898 May Beatrix Johnston (dec. 1910); 3d.; (2) 4 Apr 1917 Hattie Martha Knight, broadcaster and writer; 1s.
Occupation: Farmer, storekeeper and manufacturer
Education: Scotch College, Melbourne University, two years of medical course

Career: Dug at Kalgoorlie c1895-1897; farmer and storekeeper Alexandra; moved to Melbourne 1912 and founded Leckie & Gray, lithographic printers and cannister manufacturers; treasurer Chamber of Manufactures; executive member Industries Protection League; member Vic. Apprenticeship Commission; Fitzroy and Fremantle (WA) footballer. Father of Roland John Leckie (q.v.). Father-in-law of Sir Robert Menzies (q.v.). Alexandra shire councillor 1900-1911, president 1904-1905

Party: Liberal; Nationalist
Party Note: Before parl. active Liberal organiser. Senate deputy opposition leader 1943-1947

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLABenambraDecember 1913(b/e)March 1917Resigned

Other seats contested: Mernda (fed.) 1906, Upper Goulburn 1921
Non-Victorian Parliamentary Service: MHR Indi 1917-1919, Senator 1934-1946
Appointments: Minister without Portfolio 1940. Minister for Aircraft Production 1941.
References: Melbourne Punch 5 Feb 1914; Argus 31 Oct 1917, 4 Aug 1934, 26 Sept 1947; Scotch Collegian Nov 1947
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: 1985 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.