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Aikens, Thomas (Tom) (1900–1985)

Thomas (Tom) Aikens: Born 28 April 1900, Hughenden, Qld; son of John, teamster, and Emily Wilkinson; married 16 February 1921 to Margaret Ann Myers; one daughter; no religion. 

Educated Charters Towers state and high schools; cleaner, fireman, driver Qld Railways, Cloncurry, transferred to Townsville for political activism, 1930; State councillor and delegate Australian Railways Union and secretary Cloncurry branch; patron Townsville Trades & Labor Council; active in singing and eisteddfod circles; president of the Townsville Choral and Orchestral Society. 

Active in local government; alderman Townsville City Council 1936-49, Deputy Mayor 1944-49. 

Secretary of the ALP Cloncurry branch for various periods during 1933-1940; expelled from ALP 1940/41 for supporting Medical Aid to Russia Committee; established Hermit Park ALP branch.

MLA for Mundingburra 1944-1960; Townsville South 1960-1977 (defeated). 

Sources: Waterson & Arnold; Menghetti, 1981.

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  • Biographical Register of the Australian Labour Movement 1788-1975, 2012

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'Aikens, Thomas (Tom) (1900–1985)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/aikens-thomas-tom-12124/text25171, accessed 20 September 2017.

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