Major Hugh John CONNELL (1884 - 1934)**

  • Date of Birth: 12/06/1884
  • Place of Birth: Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 31/01/1934
  • Place of Death: Merewether, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly20 Mar 192031 Jan 193413yr(s) 10mth(s) 12day(s)
Member for Newcastle20 Mar 192017 Feb 19221yr(s) 10mth(s) 29day(s)
25th (1920 - 1922)
Member for Newcastle25 Mar 192218 Apr 19253yr(s) 25day(s)
26th (1922 - 1925)
Member for Newcastle30 May 19257 Sep 19253mth(s) 9day(s)
27th (1925 - 1927)
Member for Kahibah8 Oct 19278 Sep 19302yr(s) 11mth(s) 1day(s)
28th (1927 - 1930)
Member for Hamilton25 Oct 193018 May 19321yr(s) 6mth(s) 24day(s)
29th (1930 - 1932)
Member for Hamilton11 Jun 193231 Jan 19341yr(s) 7mth(s) 21day(s)
30th (1932 - 1935)
Chairman of Committees26 Nov 193018 May 19321yr(s) 5mth(s) 23day(s)

Political Party Activity

Australian Labor Party (ALP). Representative of Newcastle district assembly in 1915.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Schoolteacher. Educated at Paddington public school and Fort Street High schools, and teachers' training college; teacher with Department of Education in Sydney from 1900 until 1905, Golgolgon and Tarcoon from 1905 until 1908, Alma then Broken Hill from 1908 until 1910; transferred to Goulburn following public statements condemning mine owners' 1909 lockout; at Howell, Wickham and Burwood from 1910 until 1915; returned to teaching at Carrington from 1919 until 1920; foundation member of Parents and Citizens' Association; member of Teachers' Federation until ineligible in 1920; member of Australian Industrial Christian Fellowship Council in 1923

Military Service

Served in Australian Infantry Forces from 1916 until 1919, 35th Battalion, Major, Distinguished Service Order 1917, Military Cross 1916 and bar 1917, mentioned in despatches twice.


Son of Hugh Connell, ironmoulder, and Jessie Blumer. Married Mary Elizabeth Woods, schoolteacher, on 28 December 1909, and had issue, 1 daughter. Buried in Methodist Cemetery at Sandgate.

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