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Former Member Details

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas STEELE (1887 - 1963)

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Date of Birth: 25/08/1887
Place of Birth: Young, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 03/09/1963
Place of Death: Crows Nest, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Apr 1949 22 Apr 1961 12 years A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 19 December 1933, 8 December 1936 and 31 March 1949. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Member of Select Committee on City Tattersall's Club Act Amendment Bill 01 Sep 1935 01 Sep 1936 1 year 1 day
Member of Select Committee on The Presbyterian Church (New South Wales) Property Trust Bill 01 Sep 1935 01 Sep 1936 1 year 1 day
Member of Select Committee on Congregational Union Incorporation (Amendment) Bill 01 Sep 1938 01 Sep 1940 2 years 1 day
Temporary Chairman of Committees 01 Sep 1936 01 Sep 1946 10 years 1 day
Chairman of Committees 30 Apr 1946 11 Mar 1953 6 years 10 months 11 days
Appointed as a Commissioner to Open Parliament 01 Sep 1946 01 Sep 1953 7 years 1 day
Commission to administer Oath to members in absence of President 01 Sep 1946 01 Sep 1953 7 years 1 day
Member of Select Committee on Port Kembla Sailors, Soldiers Memorial Bill 01 Sep 1956 01 Sep 1957 1 year 1 day
Political Party Activity
Country Party. Councillor from 1947 - 1948
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Storekeeper and Orchardist. Educated at Redbridge and Wombat Public Schools at Young. Employed in Weeden's store; employed in 1919 in Millard's store, Young; purchased store in Monteagle; later owned a store in Young; purchased land in 1926, became an orchardist; director of New South Wales Dried Fruits Board 1933 - 1963; general manager of Prune Growers Co-operative Limited 1934 - 1946, director of National Club Limited; president of Young Returned Serviceman's League; Freemason. Recreational interests include bowls and motoring.
Military Service
Served in Australian Infantry Force 1914 - 1918 war, 2nd Division Field Artillery, major, mentioned in despatch. Recalled 1940 Field Artillery, 2nd Australian Infantry Force, lieutenant-colonel
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Young 1931 - 1933.
Personal
Son of Henry Steele, miller and English migrant, and Frances Jell. Married Alma Ann Black at Young on 26 August 1914 and had issue, 1 daughter. Church of England. Funeral at Northern Suburbs crematorium.
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