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Former Member Details

Sir Hector Joseph Richard CLAYTON, E.D.,B.A.,LL.B (1885 - 1975)

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Date of Birth: 03/06/1885
Place of Birth: Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 18/07/1975
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Apr 1937 22 Apr 1973 36 years A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Dates of Election 8 December 1936, 31 March 1949 and 16 March 1961. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Select Committee - Mosman Anzac memorial Hall Bill 01 Aug 1938 01 Aug 1940 2 years 1 day
Select Committee - St Mark's Darling Point (Church Lands) Bill 01 Aug 1943 01 Aug 1944 1 year 1 day
Select Committee - Great Synagogue, Sydney (Amendment) Bill 01 Aug 1953 01 Aug 1954 1 year 1 day
Standing Orders Committee 01 Aug 1954 01 Aug 1955 1 year 1 day
Member of Printing Committee 01 Aug 1955 01 Aug 1956 1 year 1 day
Select Committee - Newcastle and Northumberland Benevolent Society Dissolution Bill 01 Aug 1955 01 Aug 1956 1 year 1 day
Standing Orders Committee 01 Aug 1955 01 Aug 1956 1 year 1 day
Joint Committee - Commonwealth of Australia Constitution 01 Aug 1956 01 Aug 1957 1 year 1 day
Member of Printing Committee 01 Aug 1956 01 Aug 1957 1 year 1 day
Standing Orders Committee 01 Aug 1956 01 Aug 1957 1 year 1 day
Joint Committee - Commonwealth of Australia Constitution 01 Aug 1957 01 Aug 1958 1 year 1 day
Member of Printing Committee 01 Aug 1957 01 Aug 1958 1 year 1 day
Standing Orders Committee 01 Aug 1957 01 Aug 1958 1 year 1 day
Principal Representative of members who are not supporters of the Government 12 Apr 1960 30 Oct 1962 2 years 6 months 19 days
Political Party Activity
United Australia Party (UAP). Resigned from party on election to the Legislative Council but remained a consistent supporter; leader of the opposition parties in the Legislative Council 1958 - 1962.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (solicitor). Educated at Sydney Grammar School and University of Sydney., BA 1907, LLB 1910; articled to his father, admitted as a solicitor in 1911, partner in John H.Clayton and Son from 1911 until 1920, Clayton and Utz from 1920 until 1924, Clayton Utz and Company from 1924 until 1975; Chairman of Directors of Australian Guarantee Corporation Limited from 1942 until 1973; director of Portfolio and Development Company Limited (1965); Councillor of Incorporated Law Institute of New South Wales from 1933 until 1943; trustee of War Widows Guild. Recreational interests include bowls and gardening.
Military Service
Served in Australian Infantry Forces from 1914 until 1919, 4th Battalion, in field and later as a transport officer in United Kingdom in 1919, Major, mentioned in despatches, Efficiency Decoration; Deputy Assistant Quarter Master General's Movement in New South Wales Group from 1939 until 1942, in command 1st Australian Movement Control Group from 1943 until 1945.
Honours Received
Knighted in 1968
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of John Horatio Clayton, solicitor, and Isabel Woodward. Married Phyllis Edith Cheshire on 24 July 1917 and had issue, 2 daughters and 2 sons. Church of England. Cremated after a service at All Saints Church of England at Woollahra.
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