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Former Member Details

Mr John William CROOK (1895 - 1970)

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Date of Birth: 14/11/1895
Place of Birth: Korumburra, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death: 04/07/1970
Place of Death: Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 08 Oct 1949 16 Feb 1959 9 years 4 months 9 days
Member for Cessnock 08 Oct 1949 22 May 1950 7 months 15 days
Member for Cessnock 17 Jun 1950 14 Jan 1953 2 years 6 months 29 days
Member for Cessnock 14 Feb 1953 06 Feb 1956 2 years 11 months 24 days
Member for Cessnock 03 Mar 1956 16 Feb 1959 2 years 11 months 14 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined the group opposing Lang in 1936
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Miner and Union official. Educated at Kurri Kurri and Balgownie public schools; began at thirteen on the pit top at Kembla mine; returned to Kurri Kurri with family and worked at Abermain No. 1 mine until 1917, at Richmond Main from 1918 until 1943; dusted while a miner; member and officeholder at Richmond Main Lodge, president from 1924 until 1936, member of central council of Miners' Federation from 1936 until 1949, president of Northern District from 1943 until 1949; member of wartime Coal Tribunal; retired in 1959 to Hawks Nest; returned to West Wallsend in 1965, active in helping crippled children and the blind.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of John Crook, miner, and unionist, and Ellen Phillips. Married (1) Eva Maud Luckraft and had issue, 3 sons. Married (2) Annie Elizabeth (Nance) Scruton in 1934 and had issue, 1 son. Methodist. Buried in Sandgate cemetery from West Wallsend Methodist Church.
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