Mr Albert Charles WILLIS (1876 - 1954)**

  • Date of Birth: 24/05/1876
  • Place of Birth: Tonyrefail, Wales
  • Date of Death: 22/04/1954
  • Place of Death: Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

PositionStartEndPeriodNotes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council24 Jun 192520 May 19337yr(s) 10mth(s) 27day(s)
Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 17 June 1925
Acting Secretary for Mines27 May 192717 Sep 19273mth(s) 22day(s)
Vice President of Executive Council and Representative of Government17 Jun 192526 May 19271yr(s) 11mth(s) 10day(s)
Oath taken before Governor.
Vice President of Executive Council and Representative of Government27 May 192718 Oct 19274mth(s) 22day(s)
Vice President of Executive Council and Representative of Government4 Nov 19302 Apr 19314mth(s) 30day(s)

Political Party Activity

Australian Labor Party (ALP), member of central executive 1916-1919; formed Industrial Socialist Labor Party in 1919, rejoined Labor, president from 1923-1925; expelled in 1933, member of Federal Labor Executive 1934-1936


Qualifications, occupations and interests

Coal miner and union secretary. Educated at Bryn Mawr Board School, Wales. Commenced work in Monmouthshire mines aged ten; bursary to London Labour College and Ruskin College, Oxford, first secretary of Cardiff Workers Educational Association; president of Western District, South Wales Miners' Federation., member of Abertillery Urban District Council and Monmouthshire County Council; ordained as a lay preacher with Church of God 1899; arrived in New South Wales in 1911, worked at Balmain Colliery; president then secretary of the Illawarra Colliery Employees' Association 1913-1915, elected to wages board 1913, foundation general secretary of the Australasian Coal and Shale Employees' Federation 1916-1925; vice president of Australian Freedom League in 1912; member of 1917 strike committee, arrested; active in One Big Union movement; foundation member Christian Fellowship Council in 1923; managing director of the Labor Daily from 1926-1931. became Agent General in London 1931-1932; conciliation commissioner and chairman of the Commonwealth Central Coal Authority 1943-1947; author in 1926.


Personal

Son of James Willis, sinker, and Louisa Morse. Married Alice Maud Parker on 1 October 1901, London, England and had issue, 2 daughters and 1 son. Funeral at Woronora crematorium with Church of England rites.


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