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Former Member Details

Mr Thomas Sidney MCKAY, B.A., LL.B (1909 - 2004)

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Date of Birth: 01/10/1909
Place of Birth: Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 05/01/2004
Place of Death: Exeter, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Sep 1966 05 Nov 1978 12 years 2 months 5 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Election 1st September 1966 and 8 December 1966. Casual vacancy – elected for balance of term of service of Brigadier the Hon. T.A.J Playfair, deceased. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Chairman of Committees 12 Mar 1969 05 Nov 1978 9 years 7 months 25 days
Political Party Activity
Liberal Party. Chairman of New South Wales Rural Committee and member of Federal Rural Committee from 1967 until 1970.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (barrister) and farmer. Educated at Barker College, Hornsby, New South Wales from 1919 - 1924 and Shore 1925 - 1928. Attended Sydney Church of England Grammar and University of Sydney., BA (1931), LLB (1934), called to the Bar in 1934; prosecutor with L.C Badham at war crimes trial, Rabaul in 1947; dairy farmer in Berrima district from 1950 until 1960 resuming legal practice in Moss Vale in 1960; executive member of Milk Zone Dairymen's council; chairman of Wingecarribee Community Hospital Board; committee member of Show Society; member of Berrima District Legacy Group; national and NSW amateur golf champion, foundation member of New South Wales Golf Association; Union Club
Military Service
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1940 - 1945; flying instructor and staff officer, transferred to reserve, wing commander.
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Councillor of Wingecarribee Shire from 1950 until 1953
Son of Claude Eric Ferguson, journalist and editor, and Dorothy Hope Sidney. Married (1) Odette Lefebre and had issue, 1 daughter and 1 son. Married (2) Peggy Burleigh on 28 October 1949 and had issue, 1 daughter. Church of England. Funeral at St Aidan's Anglican Church, Exeter.
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