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The Hon. Ernest Gerard WRIGHT (1901 - 1981)

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Date of Birth: 10/07/1901
Place of Birth: Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 16/01/1981
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Apr 1943 16 Apr 1973 29 years 11 months 25 days A Member of the indirectly elected Council 1934 - 1978. Date of Elections 18 December 1942; 25 November 1954; and 8 December 1966. Granted retention of title of 'Honourable' for life.
Member of Select Committees on Local Government (Areas) Bill 01 Sep 1947 01 Sep 1948 1 year 1 day
Member of Select Committees on Municipality of North Sydney (Waverton Park) Bill 01 Sep 1952 01 Sep 1953 1 year 1 day
Temporary Chairman of Committees 25 May 1949 01 Sep 1953 4 years 3 months 8 days
Acting President of the Legislative Council 23 May 1956 05 Dec 1956 6 months 13 days
Member of Joint Committee of Commonwealth of Australia Constitution 01 Sep 1956 01 Sep 1958 2 years 1 day
Chairman of Committees 01 Sep 1953 22 Apr 1967 13 years 7 months 22 days
Chairman of Committees 11 Mar 1953 22 Apr 1967 14 years 1 month 12 days
Member of Joint Committee of Welfare of Aborigines 01 Sep 1965 01 Sep 1967 2 years 1 day
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined party in 1926. Member of central executive 1940-1941, trustee in 1955, member of federal executive 1951-1952.
Community Activity
New South Wales Rugby League
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Boilermaker's assistant and steelworker. Educated at Inverell and Cobar; boilermaker's assistant at Stockton and Newcastle; organising secretary of the New South Wales, Australian Labor Party 1940-1950, general secretary 1950-1952; member of Aborigines Welfare Board 1945-1963; trustee of Kuringai Chase from 1946; councillor of Royal Blind Society 1962-1972. Recreational interests include swimming, reading, football and gardening, poultry, bowls, hiking and fishing.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Newtown 1944-1945, Mayor 1944-1945
Personal
Son of Henry Wright, miner, and Mary Bevin. Married Vera Herford on 28 January 1928 and had issue, 2 daughters and 3 sons. Married Vera and had issue, 2 daughters and 3 sons. Funeral at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Kingsgrove and at Rookwood Catholic cemetery.
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