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Former Member Details

Mr John Joseph CLEARY (1883 - 1962)

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Date of Birth: 29/04/1883
Place of Birth: Piit Town near Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 02/10/1962
Place of Death: Canterbury, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member for Wollondilly 20 Mar 1920 17 Feb 1922 1 year 10 months 29 days
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 20 Mar 1920 17 Feb 1922 1 year 10 months 29 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Secretary of Picton branch and president of Bargo branch and of Wollondilly electorate council.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1916
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Miner and town clerk. Educated to primary level; at fourteen was goldmining at Wyalong, then was with the smelting firm of Duncan and Moyes to c.1900; returned to goldmining at Junee; farmed near Warra, Queensland for two years; returned to New South Wales, mining; assistant town clerk in Forbes from c.1908 until 1915. Town clerk at Picton from 1915 until 1926, editor of the 'Picton Post' from 1923 until 1926, also was an estate agent; had an interest in mine at Burragarong; proprieter at Bargo Hotel from 1926 until 1927, of United States Hotel, Sussex Street, Sydney in 1928; town clerk at Molong from 1928 until 1932, dismissed; returned to goldmining at Reno near Gundagai; worked for defence Department during 1929 until 1945 war, retired; committee member at Picton Lakes.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Forbes from 1912 until 1915
Son of Thomas Cleary, farmer, and Mary Ann Mackey, Irish migrants. Married Alice Mary Brown on 3rd January 1906 at Canterbury and had issue, 4 daughters and 5 sons. Roman Catholic. Burial at Botany cemetery from St Therese's Roman Catholic at Mascot.
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