Mr Mark Anthony DAVIDSON (1869 - 1949)**

  • Date of Birth: 02/05/1869
  • Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 09/01/1949
  • Place of Death: Little Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly11 May 19189 Jan 194930yr(s) 7mth(s) 30day(s)
Member for Cobar11 May 191818 Feb 19201yr(s) 9mth(s) 8day(s)
24th (1917 - 1920)
Member for Sturt20 Mar 192017 Feb 19221yr(s) 10mth(s) 29day(s)
25th (1920 - 1922)
Member for Sturt25 Mar 192218 Apr 19253yr(s) 25day(s)
26th (1922 - 1925)
Member for Sturt30 May 19257 Sep 19272yr(s) 3mth(s) 9day(s)
27th (1925 - 1927)
Member for Murray8 Oct 192718 Sep 19302yr(s) 11mth(s) 11day(s)
28th (1927 - 1930)
Member for Cobar25 Oct 193018 May 19321yr 6mths 24days
29th (1930 - 1932)
Member for Cobar11 Jun 193212 Apr 19352yr(s) 10mth(s) 2day(s)
30th (1932 - 1935)
Member for Cobar11 May 193524 Feb 19382yr(s) 9mth(s) 14day(s)
31st (1935 - 1938)
Member for Cobar4 Mar 193818 Apr 19413yr(s) 1mth(s) 15day(s)
32nd (1938 - 1941)
Member for Cobar10 Mar 194124 Apr 19443yr(s) 1mth(s) 15day(s)
33rd (1941 - 1944)
Member for Cobar27 May 194429 Mar 19472yr(s) 10mth(s) 3day(s)
34th (1944 - 1947)
Member for Cobar3 Apr 19479 Jan 19491yr(s) 9mth(s) 7day(s)
35th (1947 - 1950)
Secretary for Public Works4 Nov 193013 May 19321yr(s) 6mth(s) 10day(s)

Community Activity

Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1911

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Bushworker, miner and barber. Educated to primary level; left school at age 12, did a run on a coastal vessel trading to the islands; bushworker, shearing and tanksinking in Monaro, miner c.1888 until 1896 in Victoria then Broken Hill, and 1896 in Cobar; lost an eye in an accident, established a tobacconist and barber shop; foundation member of the Australian Workers Union; helped to organise the Cobar branch of the Amalgamated Miners' Association, member of Cobar Hospital committee, of Cobar Race Club, School of Arts, and of Eight Hour Day Sports Committee; assisted to found the Far West Health Scheme, Manly; author.


Son of James Davidson, tailor and Scottish migrant, and Margaret Moore, Irish Migrant. Married Gertrude Mary Snape on 14 July 1901 at Cobar, and had issue 3 daughters and 1 son. Roman Catholic. Northern Suburbs Roman Catholic cemetery.

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