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Former Member Details

Mr (Jeff) Henry Jefferson Percival BATE (1906 - 1984)

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Date of Birth: 05/03/1906
Place of Birth: Tilba Tilba, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 15/04/1984
Place of Death: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member for Wollondilly 03 May 1947 28 Oct 1949 2 years 5 months 26 days
Member for Wollondilly 27 May 1944 29 Mar 1947 2 years 10 months 3 days
Member for Wollondilly 22 Apr 1941 24 Apr 1944 3 years 3 days
Member for Wollondilly 12 Nov 1938 18 Apr 1941 2 years 5 months 7 days By-election – elected for balance of term of M. F. Morton
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 12 Nov 1938 28 Oct 1949 10 years 11 months 17 days
Political Party Activity
Liberal Party.
Community Activity
Freemason; church organist.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Farmer. Educated at Tilba Tilba, Wentworth Falls and Kiama public schools, Newington College, The King's School at Sydney, and University of Sydney where he enrolled in Agricultural Science; farmer at Bodalla until 1949, then Wallaga Lake, Tilba Tilba; won prizes for dairy fodder conservation at the Royal Agricultural Society show; director of Bodalla Co-op Dairy Company from 1927, later managing the cheese co-operative.
Military Service
Served in 2nd Australian Imperial Forces (2nd AIF): Armoured Corps 1940 - 1945, Egypt, Cyprus, Middle East and New Guinea and New Britain. Lieutenant.
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. Member of the House of Representatives for Macarthur 1949 - 1972.
Local Government Activity
Councillor of Eurobodalla Shire from 1929 until 1937, President from 1936 until 1937.
Son of Henry John Bate, also a Member of the Legislative Assembly, and his wife Lily Percival, leading contralto. Married (1) Gerta Homburg at Moruya in 1928, schoolteacher. Married (2) Thelma Kirkby in 1958. Married (3) Dame Zara Holt, widow of Harold E.Holt, former Prime Minister, on 19 February 1969. Church of England. Had issue 1 son and 1 daughter.
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