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Edwin Kerby

Edwin Kerby
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Ballaarat
In office
13 December 1919 – 2 June 1920
Preceded by Charles McGrath
Succeeded by Charles McGrath
Personal details
Born (1885-04-12)12 April 1885
Ballarat, Victoria
Died 5 July 1971(1971-07-05) (aged 86)
Nationality Australian
Political party Nationalist Party of Australia
Occupation Mining engineer

Edwin Thomas John Kerby (12 April 1885 – 5 July 1971) was an Australian politician. Born in Ballarat, Victoria, he attended Grenville College before becoming a mining engineer and electrical contractor. He served in World War I from 1914 to 1919. In 1919, he was selected as the Nationalist candidate for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Ballaarat, and defeated sitting Labor MP Charles McGrath by one vote, the closest result ever recorded for the House of Representatives. McGrath successfully challenged Kerby's election in the courts, and a by-election was held in 1920 and won by McGrath. Kerby became a businessman, focusing mainly on aviation, and became prominent among ex-servicemen's causes; he held the leadership of the RSL. He died in 1971.[1]


Preceded by
Charles McGrath
Member for Ballaarat
1919 – 1920
Succeeded by
Charles McGrath

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