Coleman, Patrick Leslie

Born 21 January 1895 (Prahran, Victoria)
Died 06 October 1974. (Kew. Boroondara cemetery)
Parents: Edmund, publican, and Mary Esther Kennedy
Marriage: 10 Oct 1921 Dorothy Kathleen Coffey; 1s.
Occupation: Accountant and publican
Religion: Catholic
Education: Christian Brothers College East Melbourne

Career: Messenger State Taxation Office; with Accounts branch, Vic. Education Department 1911-1920, qualified accountant by part-time study; with Vacuum Oil Company four years, visited Europe 1929; own business as public accountant, auditor and company secretary; Licentiate of the Commonwealth Institute of Accountants; owned Swan Hotel, Sale 1922-1925, Royal Park Hotel, Nth Melbourne 1927-1937, Port Phillip Hotel, Melbourne, George Hotel, Albury and others; executive M & B Distributors Pty Ltd 1960; managing director Hotel International Ltd 1964; fellow Institute of Management; served Royal Australian Air Force admin branch 1942; member Business Admin Board, Defence Department WWII; chairman Commonwealth Salvage Commission 1943-1945; chairman Patriotric Funds Council; member Cos Auditors Board; chairman Music for the People; CBE 1957; raised funds for Prince Henry's Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital and Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind; member Olympic Organising Committee and chairman of its construction committee; chairman Olympic Park trustees; MCG trustee 1954. Commissioner Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Melbourne city councillor 1939-1960

Party: Australian Labor Party
Party Note: Joined 1918, president Melbourne branch, government leader Legislative Council 1952-1955, left 1955 and became joint leader Anti-Communist Labor (later Democratic Labor Party), Democratic Labor Party v-president 1956-1958, president 1958-1959, left Democratic Labor Party 1959

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCMelbourne WestOctober 1943(b/e)June 1955Defeated

Appointments: Assistant Treasurer and Minister of Materials Nov 1945-Nov 1947, Minister of Transport Dec 1952-Mar 1955. Library committee 1945-1952.
References: Who's Who in Australia 1944-1974; Victoria, 'Parliamentary Debates' 8 Oct 1974, 661-3; Smith's Weekly 28 Aug 1943; SNP 20 Oct 1943; Age 11 Feb 1953; Herald 9 Mar 1960; Murray, R., 'The Split: Australian Labor in the Fifties', Melbourne, 1972; White, K. B., 'John Cain and Victorian Labor 1917-57', Sydney, 1982; personal information.
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.