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Former Member Details

Mr James RYAN (1863 - 1940)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1863
Place of Birth: Doon, County Tipperary, Ireland
Date of Death: 21/06/1940
Place of Death: Nowra, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 17 Jul 1917 22 Apr 1934 16 years 9 months 6 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 6 May 1917
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Apr 1934 21 Jun 1940 6 years 1 month 30 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 19 December 1933 and 8 December 1936. A Member before reconstitution. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Minister without portfolio and member of Executive Council 18 Oct 1927 03 Nov 1930 3 years 17 days
Minister without portfolio and member of Executive Council 18 Jun 1932 13 Apr 1938 5 years 9 months 27 days
Vice President of Executive Council 16 May 1932 17 Jun 1932 1 month 2 days
Political Party Activity
National; United Australia Party
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1896.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Journalist. Educated by Christian Brothers in Ireland; as youth sent out to join uncle in Melbourne., who died soon afterwards; moved to New Zealand and to Sydney c.1884; assisted road superintendent in Orange and Lithgow districts; joined Lithgow Mercury in 1886, managing editor 1889 - 1926, retired; foundation member of New South Wales Country Press Association 1900, president 1909 - 1910; committee member of Australasian Provincial Press Association; chairman of directors of New South Wales Country Press Co-operative Company of Australia Limited 1932 - 1940; member of Country Printing Trades Wages Board; president of Lithgow School of Arts for 25 years; director of Lithgow Hospital Board.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Patrick Ryan, farmer, and Alice Ryan. Married Margaret Redmond, schoolteacher, and had issue, 1 daughter and 2 sons. Roman Catholic. Funeral at South Head cemetery from St Mary's Roman Catholic cathedral.
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