Mr Francis Joseph FINNAN (1897 - 1966)**
- Date of Birth: 23/09/1897
- Place of Birth: The Rocks, New South Wales, Australia
- Date of Death: 21/03/1966
- Place of Death: Waratah, New South Wales, Australia
|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||10 May 1941||14 Jan 1953||11yr(s) 8mth(s) 5day(s)|
|Member for Hawkesbury||10 May 1941||24 Apr 1944||2yr(s) 11mth(s) 15day(s)|
33rd (1941 - 1944)
|Member for Hawkesbury||27 May 1944||29 Mar 1947||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 3day(s)|
34th (1944 - 1947)
|Member for Hawkesbury||3 May 1947||22 May 1950||3yr(s) 20day(s)|
35th (1947 - 1950)
|Member for Darlinghurst||17 Jun 1950||14 Jan 1953||2yr(s) 6mth(s) 29day(s)|
36th (1950 - 1953)
|Minister in Charge of Tourist Activities and Immigration||6 Feb 1947||9 Mar 1948||1yr(s) 1mth(s) 4day(s)|
|Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Welfare||9 Mar 1948||30 Jun 1950||2yr(s) 3mth(s) 22day(s)|
|Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Welfare||30 Jun 1950||23 Feb 1953||2yr(s) 7mth(s) 25day(s)|
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Member of central executive from 1928 until 1929.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Shearer and newspaper staff. Educated at St Aloysius College, Milsons Point; at fourteen was a messenger boy in the Tramways traffic office; at sixteen went shearing in Queensland; joined Australian Workers' Union; had various jobs including wool classing, tip cart driver, surveyor's assistant, fisherman, and a liquor store in Lithgow. Returned to Sydney in early 1930's, commission agent, salesman for common cause, then on business staff of Labor Daily. Remained as a liaison officer to the Unions under Consolidated Press; moved to Newcastle in 1953; president of the Hunter District Water Board from 1953 until 1964; director of Hunter Valley Research Association, chairman in 1964, member of advisory committee then council of Newcastle University College from 1959 until 1966; member of Newcastle Regional Development committee, member of Advisory Board of Mater Hospital at Waratah (1964); first president of Gosford Hospital (1946); trustee of Taronga Zoological Park and of Newcastle International Sports centre.
Commander of the British Empire in 1960.
Son of Thomas Finnan, publican. Married Rita Irene Puig on 11 October 1926 and had issue, 1 daughter. Roman Catholic. Buried in Sandgate cemetery from St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Newcastle.