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Former Member Details

Mr Robert HOLLIS (1851 - 1937)

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Date of Birth: 14/01/1851
Place of Birth: Field Head, Belper, Derbyshire, England
Date of Death: 25/05/1937
Place of Death: Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 03 Jul 1901 21 Feb 1917 15 years 7 months 19 days
Member for Newtown-Erskine 03 Jul 1901 16 Jul 1904 3 years 14 days
Member for Newtown 06 Aug 1904 19 Aug 1907 3 years 14 days
Member for Newtown 10 Sep 1907 14 Sep 1910 3 years 5 days
Member for Newtown 14 Oct 1910 06 Nov 1913 3 years 24 days
Member for Newtown 06 Dec 1913 21 Feb 1917 3 years 2 months 16 days
Carriage of Newspapers on Government Railways Committee No.10 20 Jun 1902 19 Dec 1902 6 months
System of Municipal Government for Greater Sydney Committee No.9 20 Jun 1902 20 Dec 1902 6 months 1 day
Coraki Roman Catholic Church Trustees Enabling Bill Committee No.12 29 Nov 1904 06 Dec 1904 8 days
Case of Henry Harding, W.S Stead, and others – Certificate of Title Committee No.7 27 Sep 1904 14 Dec 1904 2 months 18 days Chairman
Claim of Robert Roberts, late Bookbinder, Registrar-General’s Department Committee No.16 12 Sep 1905 25 Oct 1905 1 month 14 days
Bread (Amendment) Bill Committee No.17 19 Sep 1905 28 Nov 1905 2 months 10 days
Claim of Electric Tram-driver Arthur Simpson for improvements fitted to Steam Motors Committee No.8 13 Sep 1906 13 Nov 1906 2 months 1 day
Case of Henry Harding, W.S Stead and others – Certificate of Title Committee No.7 21 Aug 1906 27 Nov 1906 3 months 7 days Chairman
Bread (Amendment) Act Committee No.12 11 Oct 1906 07 Dec 1906 1 month 27 days
Library Committee No.3 24 Oct 1907 20 Dec 1907 1 month 27 days
Library Committee No.3 13 Mar 1908 11 Apr 1908 30 days
Library Committee No.4 05 Aug 1908 19 Dec 1908 4 months 15 days
Claim of Robert Roberts late bookbinder in the Registrar’s General’s Department Committee No.8 24 Aug 1909 15 Sep 1909 23 days
Library Committee No.4 14 Jul 1909 17 Dec 1909 5 months 4 days
Library Committee No.4 28 Jun 1910 20 Aug 1910 1 month 24 days
Library Committee No.4 30 Nov 1910 23 Dec 1910 24 days
Case of Henry Harding W.S Stead, and others – Certificate of Title Committee No.12 04 Jul 1911 01 Aug 1911 29 days Chairman
Library Committee No.4 30 May 1911 01 Aug 1911 2 months 3 days
Retirement of Mr James McKay from the Railway Department Committee No.9 15 Jun 1911 01 Aug 1911 1 month 18 days
Case of Henry Harding, W.S Stead and others – Certificate of Title Committee No.9 04 Oct 1911 18 Oct 1911 15 days Chairman
Claims of Mr Gustave William Engel Committee No.13 10 Oct 1911 18 Oct 1911 9 days
Retirement of James McKay from the Railway Department Committee No.11 04 Oct 1911 18 Oct 1911 15 days
Claims of Robert Roberts, late Bookbinder in the Registrar-General’s Department Committee No.17 19 Oct 1911 02 Nov 1911 15 days
Claims of Robert Roberts, late Bookbinder in the Registrar-General’s Department Committee No.17 19 Oct 1911 02 Nov 1911 15 days Chairman
Case of William John Ellis, employed in the Railway Service Committee No.18 19 Oct 1911 27 Mar 1912 5 months 9 days
Library Committee No.4 12 Sep 1911 28 Mar 1912 6 months 17 days
Totalisator Bill Committee No.19 31 Oct 1911 28 Mar 1912 4 months 28 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.2 31 Jul 1912 05 Dec 1912 4 months 5 days
Library Committee No.4 07 Aug 1912 05 Dec 1912 3 months 29 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.2 29 Jul 1913 15 Oct 1913 2 months 17 days
Library Committee No.4 06 Aug 1913 15 Oct 1913 2 months 10 days
Library Committee No. 3 11 Mar 1914 18 Apr 1914 1 month 8 days
Library Committee No. 3 22 Jul 1914 23 Feb 1915 7 months 2 days
Dismissal of certain Tramway Employees charged with being found in a common Gaming-house at Redfern Committee No. 12 10 Aug 1915 13 Apr 1916 8 months 4 days
Library Committee No. 6 02 Jul 1915 13 Apr 1916 9 months 12 days
Library Committee No. 5 28 Jul 1916 21 Dec 1916 4 months 24 days
Political Party Activity
Liberal Party England; Australian Labor Party (ALP), foundation member of Redfern League in 1891, left over conscription ; National Party in 1917.
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1901
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Engine driver and union official. At age thirteen joined Midland Railway Company., engine driver by 1878; original member of Railwaymen's Provident Society in 1867, helped to found the Locomotive Engine Drivers, Firemen and Cleaners Association from 1887 until 1913, Federal Secretary from 1900 until 1911; editor in 1913; after political defeat became a clerk, executive member of the Trades and Labour Council (TLC); a founder of Railway and Tramway Hospital fund; member of first committee Railway Institute; member of Australian Socialist League in 1894; founder of Newtown Literary and Debating Society; secretary of Erskineville Benevolent Society; director of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from 1913 until 1933; Freemason
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of Robert Hollis, labourer, and Mary Ann Wragg. Married Alice Turton in 1875 at Ripley, Derbyshire and had issue, 1 daughter and 5 sons. Church of England. Funeral at Rookwood cemetery from St Stephens Church of England, Newtown.
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