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Former Member Details

Mr Robert PILLANS (1860 - 1941)

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Date of Birth: 30/12/1860
Place of Birth: Rootpark, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Date of Death: 31/08/1941
Place of Death: Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 21 Dec 1925 22 Apr 1934 8 years 4 months 2 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 21 December 1925
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1911
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Miner. Arrived in New South Wales in 1885, worked as a coalminer at Minmi, in shale mines at Joadja Creek and Hartley Vale and in coal mines and in ironworks, Lithgow. Active in Miners' union, president of Western district, foundation councillor of Australian Coal and Shale Employees Federation in 1915, miners' representative on Coal Tribunal, member of Repatriation Committee; president of Eight Hour Day committee; member of Lithgow Land Board; foundation member and chairman for three years Lithgow Co-operative Society; chieftan of Caledonian Society.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Lithgow 1911 - 1934, Mayor 1912 - 1918, 1923 - 1927.
Son of William Pillans, coalminer, and Janet Muir. Married Grace Blackley on 7 January 1889 at Redfern and had issue, 3 sons. Funeral at Bowenfels cemetery from Hoskins Memorial Presbyterian church in Lithgow. Presbyterian.
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