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Former Member Details

Mr Walter Thomas PADGEN (1882 - 1955)

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Date of Birth: 21/03/1882
Place of Birth: Woolwich, England
Date of Death: 08/05/1955
Place of Death: Rydalmere, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Apr 1946 08 May 1955 9 years 16 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 14 March 1946.
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP), joined 1908, member central executive 1924 - 1928.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1915.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Engineer. At an early age commenced work in a laboratory of the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. Arrived in New South Wales c.1908, and was employed by Clyde Engineering Works; joined Railway Department as a machinist in 1910, was dismissed as a result of activities in 1917 strike, reinstated in 1922, sub foreman at Eveleigh Workshops at Redfern 1927 - 1944; member of Amalgamated Engineering Union, president of Sydney district committee, trustee of Commonwealth Council; assisted to found the Randwick branch of Torchbearers for Legacy and Randwick Musical Society.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Randwick 1941 - 1948, Mayor 1948
Son of John Padgen, compositor, and Emma Eliza Holder. Married Margaret Chayter on 22 May 1922. Funeral at Randwick cemetery.
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