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Mr Thomas Mitchell SHAKESPEARE (1873 - 1938)

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Date of Birth: 25/07/1873
Place of Birth: Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 16/09/1938
Place of Death: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 07 Aug 1923 22 Apr 1934 10 years 8 months 16 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 3 August 1923. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP), left over conscription; National.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Newspaperman. Educated at Forbes public school; at age fourteen was apprenticed as a compositor, established the Condobolin Lachlander in 1894, sold out in 1902, became proprieter of Grafton Argus in 1902 - 1904; started Independent Cabling Service; secretary of New South Wales Country Press Association 1904 - 1928, president 1928 - 1929; manager of Country Press Co-operative Company of Australia Limited from 1904 - 1928, life member; Australian Provincial Press Association general secretary 1906 - 1929, 1931 - 1938, president 1929 - 1931; established Canberra Times in 1926; managing director of Federal Capital Press of Australia Limited 1929 - 1938; member of Canberra Advisory Council 1930 - 1938; foundation member and vice president of federal Capital League; member of federal Capital Territory Pastoral and Agricultural Association; commissioner of British Empire Exhibition, London 1924; trustee of Vaucluse House, South Head cemetery and Nielsen Park; Rotarian; Freemason.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Thomas Shakespeare, engineer from Birmingham and Margaret Brown from Shetland Island. Married Anne Forster in 1896 at Forbes and had issue, 2 daughters and 4 sons. Presbyterian. Buried at South Head cemetery.
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