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Former Member Details

Mr Gavin Hamilton SUTHERLAND (1893 - 1970)

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Date of Birth: 15/02/1893
Place of Birth: The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 17/08/1970
Place of Death: Burwood, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 02 May 1956 17 Aug 1970 14 years 3 months 16 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 2 May 1956 and 16 March 1961. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of service of Hon. P.Fallon, deceased.
Opposition Whip 31 Mar 1966 17 Aug 1970 4 years 4 months 18 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP), joined Darling Harbour League in 1909, president; Croydon branch from 1926; delegate to Western Sydney federal electorate council, member of central executive 1917 - 19121, 1926 - 1927, 1931 - 1932, federal executive 1918 - 1920; federal Labor in 1930s; whip 1966 - 1970.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Clerk and union organiser. Educated at St Patrick's Marist Brothers, Church Hill; joined Postmaster General's Department in 1911, letter carrier, active in Letter Carriers' Union; member of disputes committee in 1917 strike, employed by Cockatoo Dock in 1918, joined Ironworkers' Union, transferred to Australian Workers' Union in 1918, member of executive until 1930; employed as a clerk in electricity department of Sydney City Council and Sydney County Council from 1935; joined federal Municipal and Shire Council Employees' Union of Australia in 1930, delegate to the Trades and Labor Council (TLC) and Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), member of Labor Day committee 1950 - 1970, twice president. Trustee of Trades Hall.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of William James Sutherland, seaman, unionist and president of Darling Harbour Labor League, and Clara Dwyer, schoolteacher. Married Sushanna Slatter on 1 May 1926 and had no issue. Roman Catholic. Funeral at Roman Catholic Lawn Cemetery at Rookwood from St Patrick's Church in Church Hill.
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