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Former Member Details

Mr John Gibson FARLEIGH (1861 - 1949)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1861
Place of Birth: County Sligo, Ireland
Date of Death: 05/05/1949
Place of Death: Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 21 Jul 1908 22 Apr 1934 25 years 9 months 2 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 10 July 1908. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable for life.
Political Party Activity
Founding president of Liberal and Progressive League in 1909, actively involved in fusion negotiations; councillor of Liberals, National Party and United Australia Party, resigned in 1934; president of St George state and Lang federal electorate councils.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1906
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Leather goods manufacturer. Arrived in Victoria in 1865, journeyed to Sydney in 1874; Educated at Cleveland Street public school; office boy in 1875, clerk and salesman with Samuel E.Way and Company from 1876 until 1877; began as a junior clerk in 1877, subsequently became a bookeeper, accountant, manager, partner, senior partner, Farleigh, Nettheim and Company., established in 1876 by his uncle, John Farleigh and W.C Nettheim; director of Rubber Moulders Limited (1926); Fellow of Institute of Incorporated Accountants; member of New South Wales Chamber of Manufactures in 1895, councillor to 1949, president from 1907 until 1910; councillor of Associated Chamber of Manufactures of Australia; president of Master Tanners and Leather Manufactures Association; councillor of New South Wales Employers' Federation (1922); member of Pure Food Act Advisory committee; president of Prisoners Aid Association from 1928 until 1934; Freemason; Orangeman. Freetrader.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Rockdale from 1903 until 1908
Son of Edward Manicom, merchant, and Elizabeth Farleigh. Married Alice Elizabeth Howard in Sydney on 13 November 1883 and had issue, 2 daughters and 3 sons. Methodist. Funeral at Woronora cemetery from Arncliffe Methodist Church.
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