For­mer lo­cal mem­ber dies

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

For­mer Mem­ber for McMil­lan Barry Cun­ning­ham died on Wed­nes­day, aged 78.

Mr Cun­ning­ham, for­merly of War­ragul and Nar Nar Goon, died at Abbey Gar­dens aged care sur­rounded by his fam­ily.

Mr Cun­ning­ham won McMil­lan for the ALP, de­feat­ing the Lib­eral’s Barry Si­mon, in the 1980 fed­eral gov­ern­ment elec­tion.

He held the seat for 10 years, when he was de­feated by Lib­eral can­di­date John Rig­gall at the 1990 elec­tion. Three years later, he again won the seat, hold­ing it un­til 1996 when he was de­feated by cur­rent Mem­ber for McMil­lan Rus­sell Broad­bent.

While in gov­ern­ment, Mr Cun­ning­ham was gov­ern­ment whip between 1987 to 1990.

Dur­ing the pe­riod fol­low­ing his loss at the 1990 elec­tion, Mr Cun­ning­ham was ap­pointed ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Co­cos Is­lands between De­cem­ber 1990 and 1992.

Mr Cun­ning­ham was born at Pak­en­ham. He was a dairy and potato farmer and agri­cul­tural con­trac­tor in the Nar Nar Goon area be­fore en­ter­ing par­lia­ment.

In his younger days, Mr Cun­ning­ham showed a lot of tal­ent as a foot­baller and tried out for Colling­wood in 1957.

He played foot­ball at Nar Nar Goon where he also coached, los­ing a grand fi­nal to Pak­en­ham by one point. He con­tin­ued to play foot­ball un­til he was 38-years-old.

Mr Cun­ning­ham also had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the Drouin Golf Club and chaired the course de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee, be­ing a driv­ing force be­hind the course’s ex­pan­sion from 18 to 27 holes.

Mr Cun­ning­ham is sur­vived by his wife Kath­leen, first wife Patsy, five chil­dren, three step-chil­dren and 16 grand­chil­dren.

A fu­neral ser­vice for Mr Cun­ning­ham will be held on Fri­day at Nielsen Fu­neral Chapel, War­ragul at 1.30pm.

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