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Former Member Details

The Hon. James Norman THOM (1899 - 1987)

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Date of Birth: 08/10/1899
Place of Birth: Warroo, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 10/10/1987
Place of Death: Newport, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 22 Mar 1950 05 Nov 1978 28 years 7 months 15 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Dates of Election 22 March 1950, 25 November 1954 and 8 December 1966. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of service of Hon. E.J Harrison, resigned. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined in 1917, president of Gladesville branch, minute secretary to state conference.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Electrician. Educated in country convent schools; served an apprenticeship as an electrician, Sydney; member of Electrical Trades' Union of Australia., organiser in 1936, New South Wales secretary 1941 - 1948, federal secretary 1948 - 1964, executive member of the Trades and Labor Council (TLC) 1941 - 1964, president 1956 - 1964, trustee; executive member of Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1946 - 1964; member of State Electricity Authority; member of Totalisator Agency Board 1964 - 1970; director of 2KY 1956 - 1964; member of Apprenticeship Council; Trades and Labor Council delegate to International Labor Organisation conference, Geneva in 1952; editor in 1957. Recreational interests include golf, swimming, surfing and fishing.
Military Service
Enlisted in 1918 (not called up for service)
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Frederick Alfred Thom, police officer, and Sarah Burke. Married (1) Thelma Wall on 17 September 1922 and had issue, 6 daughters and 3 sons. Widower on 22 July 1977. Married (2) Margaret (Rita). Funeral at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Gladesville to Northern Suburbs Lawn Cemetery.
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