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Former Member Details

Mr Ernest WETHERELL (1893 - 1969)

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Date of Birth: 26/03/1893
Place of Birth: Mt Egerton, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death: 31/03/1969
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member for Cobar 12 Mar 1949 22 May 1950 1 year 2 months 11 days
Member for Cobar 17 Jun 1950 14 Jan 1953 2 years 6 months 29 days
Member for Cobar 19 Jan 1953 06 Feb 1956 3 years 19 days
Member for Cobar 10 Feb 1956 16 Feb 1959 3 years 7 days
Member for Cobar 20 Feb 1959 05 Feb 1962 2 years 11 months 17 days
Member for Cobar 09 Feb 1962 31 Mar 1965 3 years 1 month 23 days
Minister for Transport 16 Sep 1953 15 Mar 1956 2 years 6 months
Minister for Conservation 15 Mar 1956 01 Apr 1959 3 years 18 days
Minister for Conservation 01 Apr 1959 31 May 1960 1 year 2 months
Minister for Education 31 May 1960 14 Mar 1962 1 year 9 months 14 days
Minister for Education 14 Mar 1962 13 May 1965 3 years 2 months
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP), foundation member of Barrier District Assembly.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Miner and journalist. Educated at Mt Egerton Roman Catholic Preparatory and Superior public schools; aged thirteen when father was killed in a mining accident and also elder brother shortly afterwards; at age 15 began work on a gold battery at Bingara near Ballarat; worked in mines in other states including Mt Lyell, Tasmania; and at Cobar and Helensburgh; became a builders labourer in Sydney; arrived in Broken Hill in 1911, became a miner until 1917, became an editor from 1919 until 1937 and managing editor from 1937 until 1949; member of Miners' Union and Australian Journalists' Association; sent by unions to New Zealand during 1917 strike on fund raising mission; in retirement wrote history of the strike; member of Aborigines Welfare Board from 1950-1953.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of Thomas Wetherell, miner, and Anne McCauley. Married Florence Scott on 26 April 1922 and had issue, 1 daughter and 2 sons. Funeral at Woronora crematorium from St Aidan's Church of England, Hurstville Grove.
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