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Thomas (Tom) Aikens (1900–1985)

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Thomas (Tom) Aikens (1900-1985) politician

Born: 28 April 1900, Hughenden, Queensland. Son of John Aikens, teamster, and Emily Wilkinson. Married: 16 February 1921 to Margaret Ann Myers. They had one daughter. Died: 30 November 1985, Townsville, Queensland. No religion.

  • Educated Charters Towers state and high schools
  • leaner, 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). 

Waterson & Arnold; Menghetti, 1981.

This person appears as a part of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17. [View Article]

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Life Summary [details]


28 April, 1900
Hughenden, Queensland, Australia


30 November, 1985 (aged 85)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Key Organisations
Political Activism