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Bill Grayden

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

5 August 1920 (1920-08-05) (age 101)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Betsy Marie Chadwick (1926–2007)
Relations Nat Harper (grandfather) David Grayden (brother)
Children 5 sons and 5 daughters
Residence South Perth, Western Australia
Occupation Mechanical engineer
Military career
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Second Australian Imperial Force
Years of service 1940–1946
Rank Captain
Service number WX8868
Unit 2/16th Battalion
Battles/wars Second World War
  • Syria–Lebanon Campaign
  • Kokoda Track campaign
  • Finisterre Range campaign
  • Battle of Balikpapan
Awards Member of the Order of Australia

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.

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.

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