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Former Member Details

Mr James Denis KENNY (1906 - 1967)

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Date of Birth: 27/11/1906
Place of Birth: Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 12/10/1967
Place of Death: Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 12 Aug 1948 12 Oct 1967 19 years 2 months 1 day A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 12 August 1948, 29 November 1951 and 21 November 1963. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of service of Hon. G.Mullins, deceased.
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Member of central executive from 1946 until 1952, vice president from 1951 until 1952, trustee from 1959 until 1967.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Hatter and union official. Educated at Patrician Brothers, Waterloo; at age fourteen commenced work in a felt hat industry; left the industry in c.1930; became a glassworker and shop steward at Glassworkers' Union, New South Wales secretary from 1936 until 1947, treasurer, federal secretary, New South Wales president from 1950 until 1967; delegate to the Trades and Labor Council (TLC), vice president in 1945, president in August 1946, assistant secretary from 1946 until 1958, secretary from 1958 until 1967, member of the Australian Council of Trades Union (ACTU) executive from 1951 until 1967; delegate to International Labor Organisation (ILO) conferences in 1954 and 1964, to New Zealand Federation of labor conferences in 1956 and 1962 and to All China Federation of Trade Unions conference, Peking in 1957, grantee, Smith-Mundt Act for three months study in United States Of America in 1951and United Kingdom grant to study British labor relations, in 1961; manager of radio station at 2KY from 1958 until 1967, director of Television Corporation Limited (TCN Channel 9 Sydney) and Airsales Broadcasting Corporation (2HD Newcastle); member of Commonwealth Immigration Advisory Council; councillor of University of New South Wales from 1961 until 1967; member of New South Wales Technical Education Advisory council; councillor at University of New South Wales from 1961 until 1967; director of Prince Henry Hospital from 1950 until 1967 and Prince of Wales Hospital from 1961 until 1967; trustee of Sydney Opera House from 1957 until 1967; trustee of Sydney Cricket Ground from 1963 until 1967; executive member of Duke of Edinburgh's Third Commonwealth Study conference;; member of Commonwealth Labor Advisory committee; Trades and Labor Council (TLC) nominee of Road Safety Council; member of Good Neighbour Council; member of Civil Rehabilitation committee; member of National Heart Campaign committee; member of Rehabilitation of Physically Handicapped People committee; committee member of Royal Australian College of Sugeons appeal; sponsored Aid Retarded People appeal in 1967; member of Sacred Heart Hospice Building appeal committee.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of James Kenny, transport worker, and Margaret Rolley. Married Bessie May Kenny on 8 November 1925 and had issue, 1 son. Roman Catholic. Funeral at Waverley cemetery from St Mary's Roman Catholic cathedral.
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