Bill Grayden

Western Australian politician

William Leonard Grayden (born 5 August 1920) is a former Australian politician. He was born in Perth, Western Australia. He was in the military with the 2/16th Infantry Battalion from 1940–1946.[1]

Bill Grayden

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Swan
In office
10 December 1949 – 29 May 1954
Preceded byLen Hamilton
Succeeded byHarry Webb
Personal details
William Leonard Grayden

(1920-08-05) 5 August 1920 (age 103)
Perth, Western Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s)Betsy Marie Chadwick (1926–2007)
RelationsNat Harper (grandfather) David Grayden (brother)
Children5 sons and 5 daughters
ResidenceSouth Perth, Western Australia
OccupationMechanical engineer
Allegiance Australia
Service/branchSecond Australian Imperial Force
Years of service1940–1946
Service numberWX8868
Unit2/16th Battalion
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsMember of the Order of Australia

In 1947, he was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly as the Liberal member for Middle Swan, where he remained until 1949.

Along with George Pearce, Grayden is the earliest surviving MP, and one of only two living "Forty-Niner" Liberal MPs.


  1. Grayden, Bill (1989). "Hon Bill Grayden AM" (pdf). Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 4 October 2016.