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Former Member Details

Mr John HEPHER (1850 - 1932)

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Date of Birth: 16/10/1850
Place of Birth: Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, England
Date of Death: 03/08/1932
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 11 Apr 1899 03 Aug 1932 33 years 3 months 24 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 8 April 1899
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party. Foundation chairman of Redfern League, member of drafting committee, delegate to conferences, member of central executive from 1899 until 1910; treasurer in 1895.
Community Activity
Treasurer of Australian Socialist League in 1894; President and trustee of eight hour committee
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Tailor and active unionist, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Arrived in New South Wales c.1882; employed as a tailor after 1891. Organised a Co-operative Tailoring Company. President of New South Wales Tailors' Union. President of New South Wales Tailors Union; Assisted in drafting the first Labor platform; trustee of Eight Hour committee.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of John Hepher, tailor, and Esther Wilderspin. Married Edith Penrose Robinson on 5 December 1884 and had issue, 2 daughters and 5 sons. Church of England.
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