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Former Member Details

Mr George Douglas BASSETT (1888 - 1972)

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Date of Birth: 28/01/1888
Place of Birth: Campbell Forest nr Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death: 19/03/1972
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 21 Sep 1932 22 Apr 1934 1 year 7 months 2 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act: Date of Writ of Summons 21 September 1932.
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Apr 1934 22 Apr 1964 30 years A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 5 December 1933, 1 November 1939 and 29 November 1951. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Political Party Activity
Country Party.
Community Activity
President of Forbes Branch of the Graziers Association. Former President of Forbes Chamber of Commerce, Former Rotarian of Dubbo and Sydney. Member of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia. Member of Manly Surf Club.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Farmer and grazier. Educated at Bendigo and Canowindra state schools; worked on father's farm at Canowindra, and from c.1911 was farming on own account near Forbes; at a later time owned property at Cumboogle, Dubbo, and Merlwood, Collie; director of Farmers and Graziers' Co-operative. Grain, Insurance and Agency Company Limited from 1926, chairman and managing director from 1950 until 1962; president of Forbes Pastoral Agricultural and Horticultural Association for four years; member of Forbes and District Chamber of Commerce; member of Farmers and Settlers Association. Chairman of Forbes branch of Graziers Association of New South Wales; vice chairman of Dubbo War Agricultural committee; New South Wales Executive Boy Scouts Association. Recreational pursuits include tennis and swimming.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of William Bassett, farmer, and Jane Irvine. Married Elizabeth Breen on 12 July 1911 at Canowindra and had issue, 1 daughter and 4 sons. Northern suburbs crematorium from St James Church of England.
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