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Former Member Details

Sir Henry Yule BRADDON, K.B.E (1863 - 1955)

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Date of Birth: 27/04/1863
Place of Birth: Calcutta, India
Date of Death: 07/09/1955
Place of Death: Woollahra, 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 22 Apr 1940 6 years A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 5 December 1933. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Political Party Activity
Nationalist Party
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1905
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Businessman. Educated in Germany from 1869 until 1873, Normandy in 1874, Dulwich College in Surrey from 1875 until 1878; arrived in Australia in 1878, educated at Church of England Grammar School, Launceston; went into Commercial Bank of Tasmania in 1879, transferred in 1881 to Bank of Australasia at Invercargill, New Zealand; joined Newcastle staff of Dalgety and Company in 1884. Became a sub manager in Sydney in 1904, manager in 1906, Australian superintendent from 1914 until 1928; numerous directorships including Bank of New Zealand from 1929 until 1954, New South Wales Board of Britain and Foreign Fidelity Trustee Company of Australia from 1914 until 1955; Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Company Limited, Sydney Ferries Limited; W.R Carpenter & Co Limited, and Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company (Australia) Limited; member of Commonwealth Note Issue Board from 1922 until 1924; president of Employers Federation from 1905 until 1907; president of Sydney Chamber of Commerce from 1912 until 1914, of Associated Chambers of Commerce of Australia from 1913 until 1914, 1920 until 1921; president of Citizens War Chest Committee from 1915 until 1919; vice president of Citizens Referendum Six O'Clock Association 1916; vice president of New South Wales Red Cross Society; member of recruiting commitee; executive of Universal Service League 1915 until 1916; vice president of Millions Club; part time lecturer in business principles and practices, University of Sydney from 1907 until 1918, fellow of Senate from 1919 until 1929; first Australian Trade Commissioner to the United States of America from 1918 until 1919; foundation member of the Australian American Association; member of Round Table group, of Sane Democracy League, and All for Australia League, from which he resigned in 1931; president of the English speaking union.; commitee of National Defence League in 1938; vice president of French Australian League of help from 1914 until 1918; president of Crown Street Women's Hospital Board for twenty years; first president of Crippled Children's Association; vice president of Boys Brigade; played Australian Rules for Tasmania in 1881, New South Wales in 1888, rugby against England in 1892; captained New South Wales eight in 1892; president of New South Wales Rugby Union from 1916 until 1925; author; leading Rotarian; Union Club. Recreational interests include golf and football.
Military Service
Honours Received
Knight of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) 1920
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Second son of Sir Edward Nicholas Coventry Braddon, Indian Civil Service, and his wife Amy Georgina Palmer. Married (1) Bertha Mary Russell on 2 September 1891 at Strathfield and had issue, 1 daughter and 2 sons. Deceased in 1942. Married (2) Violet May Inglis on 8 September 1944. Funeral to Northern Suburbs Crematorium from St Mark's Church of England, Darling Point. Church of England. His father was Member of the House of Assembly of Tasmania for West Devon 1878 - 1888 and 1893 - 1901 and Premier of Tasmania 1894 - 1899; and Member of the House of Representatives, Commonwealth Parliament, for Wilmot 1903 - 1904.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7. Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: 1. Sir Henry Yule Braddon - 'Recollections and reflections", 1863 - 1930. (MLMSS 1481) 2. Sir Henry Yule Braddon - album of newscuttings and documents, 1917 - 1955 (MLMSS 2677X).