Mr John Joseph CUSACK (1868 - 1956)**

  • Date of Birth: 01/01/1868
  • Place of Birth: Yass, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 08/09/1956
  • Place of Death: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly13 Apr 191021 Feb 19176yrs 10mths 9days
Member for Queanbeyan13 Apr 191014 Sep 19105mth(s) 2day(s)
21st (1907 - 1910)
Member for Queanbeyan14 Oct 19106 Nov 19133yr(s) 24day(s)
22nd (1910 - 1913)
Member for Albury20 Dec 191321 Feb 19173yrs 2mths 2days
23rd (1913 - 1917)
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.116 May 191116 May 19111day
22nd (1910 - 1913)
Refreshment Committee No. 511 Mar 191418 Apr 19141mth 8days
23rd (1913 - 1917)
Refreshment Committee No. 522 Jul 191423 Feb 19157mths 2days
23rd (1913 - 1917)
Refreshment Committee No. 42 Jul 191513 Apr 19169mths 12days
23rd (1913 - 1917)
Case of Denis Maguire Committee No. 1317 Aug 191513 Apr 19167mths 28days
23rd (1913 - 1917)
Refreshment Committee No. 621 Jul 191621 Dec 19165mths 1day
23rd (1913 - 1917)

Political Party Activity

Australian Labor Party (ALP). Foundation member of the Yass League, president; opposed conscription; stood as an Independent in 1917, readmitted to Federal Labor in 1930s.

Community Activity

Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1908

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Blacksmith. Educated at Yass public school ; blacksmith by trade; established a large coachbuilding business, Cusack and Palmer, Yass, exported sulkies to South Africa and became motor mechanics and coachbuilders. Director of Yass Hospital; president of Yass Mechanics Institute; member of Canberra and Yass Historical Society; author.

Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held

Member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. Member of the House of Representatives for Eden-Monaro 1929 - 1931.

Local Government Activity

Alderman at Yass from 1901 - 1930, Mayor in 1904; member of Local Government Convention in 1910.


Son of Michael Cusack, farmer and publican, and Bridget Kenny. Married Mary Therese Cassidy in c.1898 and they had 1 daughter and 3 sons. Roman Catholic. Buried in Canberra Cemetery from St Christopher's Roman Catholic cathedral. His great-grand-daughter Catherine Cusack is a Member of the Legislative Council (elected 22 March 2003).

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