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Former Member Details

Mr John Thomas NESS (1871 - 1947)

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Date of Birth: 20/08/1871
Place of Birth: Young, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 24/01/1947
Place of Death: Dulwich Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 25 Mar 1922 24 Feb 1938 15 years 11 months
Member for Western Suburbs 25 Mar 1922 18 Apr 1925 3 years 25 days
Member for Western Suburbs 30 May 1925 07 Sep 1927 2 years 3 months 9 days
Member for Dulwich Hill 08 Oct 1927 18 Sep 1930 2 years 11 months 11 days
Member for Dulwich Hill 11 Jun 1932 12 Apr 1935 2 years 10 months 2 days
Member for Dulwich Hill 11 May 1935 24 Feb 1938 2 years 9 months 14 days
Political Party Activity
Liberal and Reformist. President of Dulwich Hill branch; councillor of National Association 1925 - 26, 1929-30, 1931-1932.; United Australia Party.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1908.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Produce and fuel merchant. Educated at Young Public School; wheat farming in Temora c.1894 until 1904, produce and fuel merchant, later John Ness, Son and Company., estate agents and auctioneers; president of Western Suburbs Retail Produce and Fuel Merchants Association; member of Half Holiday Association; founded Dulwich Hill Benevolent Society., president from 1909 until 1934 of Dulwich Hill School of the Arts. Marrickville Soldiers' Memorial and Protestant Children's Home, Dulwich Hill; Parents and Citizens' Association for twenty years; president of New South Wales Protestant federation from 1920 until 1925
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Marrickville from 1908 until 1922, Mayor from 1915 until 1917, 1918 until 1919
Personal
Son of Thomas Ness, shipbuilder and Scottish migrant, and Isabella Sellars. Married Bertha Mary Ann Matuschka on 1 January 1898 in New Zealand and had issue, 3 daughters and 1 son. Presbyterian. Funeral at Rookwood crematorium.
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