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Former Member Details

Mr Francis Henry COCKERILL (1899 - 1987)

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Date of Birth: 05/07/1899
Place of Birth: Greta, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 08/08/1987
Place of Death: Cardiff, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 10 Sep 1959 22 Apr 1973 13 years 7 months 13 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 10 September 1959 and 16 March 1961. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of service of Hon. R.E Savage, deceased.
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP); president for Hunter federal electorate council, member of Cardiff branch, member of central executive from 1950 until 1952, 1955 until 1959
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Miner. Father was killed in the Greta Colliery in December 1899. Educated at Kurri Kurri public school; family moved to Greta in 1915, later to Branxton where he began mining; after Rothbury employed Richmond Main Colliery; secretary of Rothbury Lodge, and of strike committee from 1929 until 1930, organiser for Combined Mining Union Council for 1930s, Rothbury and Burragorang, elected to North Board of Management in 1945, vice president from 1949 until 1959, retired; chairman of Cardiff Urban Area Committee. Recreational interests include bowls.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Councillor of Kearsley Shire from 1947 until 1950
Son of Francis William Cockerill, breaker and miner, and Edith Maria Wheatley. Married Dorothy Morley on 14 July 1923 and had issue, 3 daughters and 1 son.
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