Billy Snedden

Image DOB: 31 December 1926
Died: 27 June 1987

Life Member - 1986

The former Liberal Party opposition leader from 1972 to 1975, who was knighted in 1978, graduated from being the Demons Number 1 ticketholder to president in 1981. Until 1983 he continued to serve as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. In his younger days he had played for the South Melbourne Reserves.

In 1985 he was president when the Demons were forced to move to the Junction Oval as a training venue when the MCC decided that they were no longer allowed to use the MCG.

A reform group attempted to topple Snedden and his board in 1985. Despite Snedden resigning in September he announced he'd stay in the position until the club's AGM in December. The opposition called a meeting in October that year at the Camberwell Civic Centre, and despite Snedden announcing Stuart Spencer would replace him the meeting still voted him and his committee out. The board, however, declared the meeting unconstitutional and refused to budge. Snedden had walked out of the meeting, shaken, after being booed from the stage. He had earlier been deposed as chairman in favour of former secretary Jim Cardwell by a show of hands.

By the time it came to nominating candidates for the 1986 board the reform group failed to name a candidate and Snedden's chosen board was elected unopposed. He retired at the end of that year, claiming it had nothing to do with the challenge but claiming that the actions of the reform group had almost made him stay on.

Snedden died in 'controversial' circumstances in June 1987, aged 60.


Life Members

Age - 10/02/1981
Age - 04/09/1985
Age - 06/09/1985
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Age - 16/10/1985
Canberra Times - 04/09/1985
Age - 21/11/1985

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