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Former Member Details

Mr Josiah THOMAS (1863 - 1933)

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Date of Birth: 28/04/1863
Place of Birth: Camborne, Cornwall, England
Date of Death: 05/02/1933
Place of Death: Croydon Park, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 17 Jul 1894 11 Jun 1901 6 years 10 months 26 days
Member for Alma 17 Jul 1894 05 Jul 1895 11 months 19 days
Member for Alma 20 Jul 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 11 months 19 days
Member for Alma 27 Jul 1898 11 Jun 1901 2 years 10 months 16 days
Moruya Municipal Council Enabling Bill Committee No.12 01 Jul 1896 16 Jul 1896 16 days
Claim of Mr. Alfred J.Hack Committee No.28 22 Sep 1896 16 Nov 1896 1 month 26 days
Estate of the late S.M Swift of Petersham Committee No.23 13 Dec 1898 22 Dec 1898 10 days
Estate of the late S.M Swift of Petersham Committee No.3 01 Aug 1899 21 Dec 1899 4 months 21 days
Broken Hill Abattoirs, Markets, and Cattle sale Yards Bill Committee No.2 19 Jun 1900 18 Jul 1900 1 month
Working of the Free Public Library Committee No.16 16 Aug 1900 28 Nov 1900 3 months 13 days
Prevalence of Venereal Diseases Committee No. 7 11 Aug 1916 21 Dec 1916 4 months 11 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Miner and union official. Journeyed to Mexico with father as a young child and then worked in Cornish mines. Largely self educated. Arrived in Australia probabl;y in 1880s; worked in mines in the Broken Hill and Silverton districts. Employed in Broken Hill as a mining captain. Executive of Amalgamated Miners Association in 1891. President of Broken Hill Branch in 1892; Led union strike in 1892. Wesleyan circuit steward and local preacher. Visited England in 1911 as a member of a parliamentary delegation. After retirement from politics worked for the British Empire League.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. Member of the House of Representatives for Barrier 1901 - 1917. Senator 1917 - 1923.
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of Josiah Thomas, miner and his wife Anne Rablin. Married (1) Henrietta Lee Ingleby on 27 July 1889 at Broken Hill, in a Wesleyan service, and had issue, 1 daughter and 2 sons. Married (2) Clara Ingleby (his first wifes sister) on 20 February 1909 at Stowe Memorial Church in Adelaide and had issue, 1 son. Methodist. Burial in Methodist section of Rookwood cemetery.
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