Neville Wran

Australian Politician and Premier of New South Wales
Born Oct 11, 1926

Neville Kenneth Wran, AC, CNZM, QC was the Premier of New South Wales from 1976 until 1986. He was National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) from 1980 to 1986 and Chairman of both the Lionel Murphy Foundation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 1986 to 1991.… Read More

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  • Harriet Wran Leaves Silverwater Jail After Serving Sentence Connected With Drug Death The Sydney Morning Herald
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  • Harriet Wran And Her Father Neville Wran In 2011. Photo: Lee Besford Sydney Morning Herald
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1926 Birth Born on October 11, 1926.


1946 19 Years Old Wran's first marriage was in 1946 at the age of 20, to Marcia Oliver, a showgirl at the New Tivoli Theatre. … Read More


1948 21 Years Old Wran was born in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, the eighth and last child of Joseph Wran and his wife Lillian (née Langley). He was educated at Nicholson Street Public School, Balmain, Fort Street Boys High and the University of Sydney, where he was a member of the Liberal Club, and from which he gained a Bachelor of Laws in 1948.
1951 24 Years Old He was admitted as a solicitor in 1951, called to the Bar in 1957, and became a Queen's Counsel in 1968.


1970 43 Years Old Wran began his political career in 1970 when he became a member of the upper house of the Parliament of New South Wales, the Legislative Council. … Read More
1976 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1976, six months after Gough Whitlam's federal ALP government's dismissal, Wran led Labor to victory, narrowly defeating the Liberal Party premier, Sir Eric Willis. … Read More


1977 50 Years Old In 1977, Wran supported Al Grassby, former Federal Immigration Minister, in allowing Domenico Barbaro, a Mafia figure in the Griffith region of New South Wales, back into Australia after having been earlier deported because of his criminal record. … Read More
1980 53 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was the national president of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) from 1980 to 1986 and chairman of both the Lionel Murphy Foundation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 1986 to 1991.
1983 56 Years Old In 1983, Wran faced the Street Royal Commission over claims by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) current affairs show Four Corners that he had tried to influence the magistracy over the 1977 committal of Kevin Humphreys, who had been charged with misappropriation of funds. … Read More
1984 57 Years Old In 1984, Neville Wran introduced a private members bill to decriminalise adult gay male sex, and the bill passed the NSW Parliament. … Read More
1986 59 Years Old Wran resigned both the premiership and his seat in Parliament on 4 July 1986, after continuously holding office longer than any other premier in the history of New South Wales until that time. … Read More


1995 68 Years Old …  Wran resigned from that position in 1995. … Read More
2006 79 Years Old Wran and Hickson separated several times, first briefly in 2006, then in August 2011 after Hickson said she had been "frozen out" of her husband's personal affairs by his daughter Kim and his friend and business partner Albert Wong. … Read More
2012 85 Years Old In his later years, Wran had dementia and from July 2012 had been under special care at the Lulworth House aged care facility in Elizabeth Bay.
2014 88 Years Old He died there on 20 April 2014 at the age of 87. He was survived by his wife Jill and four children. A state funeral was held at the Sydney Town Hall on 1 May 2014.
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