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Former Member Details

Mr Fred William BOWEN, O.B.E (1906 - 1980)

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Date of Birth: 22/09/1906
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 27/10/1980
Place of Death: Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 19 Aug 1966 22 Apr 1976 9 years 8 months 4 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 19 August 1966. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of Dickson and Ford.
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined the party in 1923. Since 1966 was a president of the New South Wales, Labor Council and was a member for many years. Member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Upholsterer and union official. Educated at Orange Grove primary school, Leichhardt and Petersham Commercial High; trained as an upholsterer; organiser in 1947, assistant secretary in 1948 and secretary from 1951 until 1977 of the Furnishing Trades Society of New South Wales., New South Wales president from 1944 until 1945; vice president of the Labor Council (TLC) from 1958 until 1965, president from 1965 until 1975; director of radio station 2KY from 1951 until 1976, director of radio station 2HD for six years; member of Housing Commission from 1958 until 1966; member of Technical Education Advisory Council from 1953 until 1974; member of Commonwealth Hostels Limited Board from 1966 until 1976, chairman from 1973 until 1976; spent three months in the United States of America in 1956 studying industrial and political developments; attended International Labor Organisation conferences in Geneva in 1960 and 1968 as an Australian trade union observer.
Military Service
Honours Received
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Fred Williams, polisher, and Georgina Brown. Married Edna Laurie, daughter of Albert Moore, on 10 October 1936 and had issue, 3 sons. Church of England. Funeral at Northern Suburbs crematorium.
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