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Former Member Details

Mr Thomas (1) ARMSTRONG (1885 - 1955)

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Date of Birth: 26/12/1885
Place of Birth: Durham, England
Date of Death: 13/06/1955
Place of Death: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 26 Feb 1935 13 Jun 1955 20 years 3 months 19 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Dates of Election 26 February 1935: 8 December 1936: 31 March 1949. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of service of Hon. H.S Nicholas, resigned.
Select Committee on City Tattersall's Club Act Amendment Bill 01 Aug 1935 01 Aug 1936 1 year 1 day
Select Committee on Burns Philp Trust Company Limited Bill 01 Aug 1938 01 Aug 1940 2 years 1 day
Select Committee on The Congregational Union Incorporation (Amendment) Bill 01 Aug 1938 01 Aug 1940 2 years 1 day
Select Committee on Australian Mutual Provident Society Bill 01 Aug 1940 01 Aug 1941 1 year 1 day
Select Committee on The Newcastle Tattersall's Club Bill 01 Aug 1944 01 Aug 1945 1 year 1 day
Political Party Activity
United Australia Party (UAP). Democratic Party. Liberal Party.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Accountant and colliery manager. Arrived in Australia c.1887, educated at Wickham public school; joined J & A Brown, colliery proprieters and steamship owners as a junior clerk, becoming the general manager after 32 years. Firm became J & A Brown and Abermain Seaham Collieries Limited in 1931. Chairman of directors from 1937 until 1954; chairman of directors of Mineowners Insurance Limited, South Maitland Railways Pty Limited, and Intercolonial Investment Land and Building Company, director of Hexham Engineering Company Pty Limited; chairman of Combined Colliery Proprieters Association; member of Newcastle Chamber of Commerce; president from 1936 until 1943; Newcastle Young Men's Christian Association, Newcastle Crippled Childrens Association, Newcastle Cultural Centre, deputy chairman of New South Wales Housing Improvement Board (1937)
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Wickham 1917 until 1920; Mayor in 1919. Rotarian
Son of Thomas Armstrong, miner. Married Anice Pepper on 2 December 1908 and had issue, 2 daughters and 1 son. Methodist. Beresfield cremation from Tighes Hill Methodist church.
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