Mr Walter James GERAGHTY (1905 - 1996)**

  • Date of Birth: 25/05/1905
  • Place of Birth: Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 10/05/1996
  • Place of Death: Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council7 Sep 19615 Nov 197817yr(s) 1mth(s) 30day(s)
A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 7 September 1961 and 8 December 1966. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of Dougherty and Mahony vacancies. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.

Political Party Activity

Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined in 1937, president of Hornsby branch, president and secretary of electorate councils, member of central executive from 1944 until 1957, 1958 until 1961.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Accountant and public servant. Educated at Marist Brothers, Hunters Hill and undertook night study. father died while young; audit clerk; accountant in Sydney and Lismore; lost job in depression, took up 40 acres on the Central Coast for dairying; on relief work; organiser of Unemployment Relief Workers Association, Erina Shire, state president, state secretary, attached to the Trades and Labor Council (TLC) from 1939 until 1941; Commonwealth Department of Labour and National Service from 1941 until 1960, with Manpower Directorate from 1941 until 1945; poultry farmer; receiver and manager of Automatic Sellers (Australia) Limited, chairman from 1960; advocate before Fair Rents Court; director of Waitara and Hornsby groups of Terminating Co-operative Building Societies from 1960; member of Hornsby District Hospital Board from 1958 until 1975, treasurer from 1960; member of executive of New South Wales Hospitals Association; councillor of Administrative and Clerical Officers' Association (1961).


Son of Martin Joseph Geraghty, builder and Irish migrant and Lilian Frederika Roberts. Married Grace Elsie Degan, and had issue, 3 daughters and 2 sons. Roman Catholic. Funeral at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Waitara with burial at Northern Suburbs Cemetery.

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