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Former Member Details

Mr Robert James BROWN, B.Ec, DipEd. (1933 - )

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Date of Birth: 02/12/1933
Place of Birth: Pelaw Main, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death:
Place of Death:
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 07 Oct 1978 29 Aug 1980 1 year 10 months 23 days
Member for Cessnock 07 Oct 1978 29 Aug 1980 1 year 10 months 23 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Life member of ALP in June 2000. Joined Kurri Kurri Branch in 1959. Branch positions held include secretary, delegate to federal Electorate Councils, State Electorate Councils, delegate to State Conference and State Council.
Community Activity
Life Patron of Australian Workers Heritage Centre in 2003. Director of Kurri Kurri District Hospital 1973-1979; Member of Hunter District Water Board 1976-1980.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Political Researcher and Consultant. Educated at Pelaw Main Primary School, Kurri Kurri Junior Technical High School, Maitland Boys High School, University of Sydney (B.Ec), Sydney Teachers' College (Dip.Ed), Broken Hill Technical College, University of New England. Schoolteacher at Broken Hill High School 1956-1958, Raymond Terrace High School 1959-1962, Deniliquin High School Commerce Master 1963-1965, Kurri Kurri High School - Social Science Master 1966-1976, Deputy Principal 1976-1978. Author of 'Student Economics and The Australian Economy 1989'. Recreational interests include reading, theatre, music, reading and writing.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. Member of the House of Representatives for Hunter 1980 - 1984; and for Charlton 1984 - 1998. Minister for Land Transport 1988-1993. Numerous parliamentary and party positions.
Local Government Activity
Alderman of Greater Cessnock Council 1968-1980; Mayor 1968-1969 and 1974-1980; numerous Local Government positions.
Son of Edward Thomas and Mary Frances Brown. Married Elizabeth Joy Hirschausen on 27 August 1960 and had issue, 1 daughter and 1 son.
Additional Information
Photographs in the PICMAN Database. State Library of New South Wales.