The Hon. Ernest Gerard WRIGHT (1901 - 1981)**

  • Date of Birth: 10/07/1901
  • Place of Birth: Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 16/01/1981
  • Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council23 Apr 194316 Apr 197329yr(s) 11mth(s) 25day(s)
A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Elections 18 December 1942; 25 November 1954; and 8 December 1966. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Chairman of Committees11 Mar 195322 Apr 196714yr(s) 1mth(s) 12day(s)
Acting President of the Legislative Council23 May 19565 Dec 19566mth(s) 13day(s)
Member of Select Committees on Local Government (Areas) Bill1 Sep 194719481yr(s) 1day(s)
Temporary Chairman of Committees25 May 194919534yr(s) 3mth(s) 8day(s)
Member of Select Committees on Municipality of North Sydney (Waverton Park) Bill195219531yr(s) 1day(s)
Chairman of Committees1 Sep 1953196713yr(s) 7mth(s) 22day(s)
Member of Joint Committee of Commonwealth of Australia Constitution195619582yr(s) 1day(s)
Member of Joint Committee of Welfare of Aborigines196519672yr(s) 1day(s)

Political Party Activity

Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined party in 1926. Member of central executive 1940-1941, trustee in 1955, member of federal executive 1951-1952.

Community Activity

New South Wales Rugby League

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Boilermaker's assistant and steelworker. Educated at Inverell and Cobar; boilermaker's assistant at Stockton and Newcastle; organising secretary of the New South Wales, Australian Labor Party 1940-1950, general secretary 1950-1952; member of Aborigines Welfare Board 1945-1963; trustee of Kuringai Chase from 1946; councillor of Royal Blind Society 1962-1972. Recreational interests include swimming, reading, football and gardening, poultry, bowls, hiking and fishing.

Local Government Activity

Alderman at Newtown 1944-1945, Mayor 1944-1945


Son of Henry Wright, miner, and Mary Bevin. Married Vera Herford on 28 January 1928 and had issue, 2 daughters and 3 sons. Married Vera and had issue, 2 daughters and 3 sons. Funeral at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Kingsgrove and at Rookwood Catholic cemetery.

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