William McKellTo People
With his scant education, William McKell was an unlikely candidate for parliamentarian and member of the bar. Leaving school at 13 to become an apprentice boilermaker, his sense of justice was already acute with his setting up of an apprentice's union some years later. He studied law at night and started practicing law in 1925. Elected to represent the seat Redfern in 1917, he was Premier of New South Wales from 1941 before taking up a position as the Governor General in 1947.