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Francis Patrick (Frank) Connors (1888–1963)

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Francis Connors, n.d.

Francis Connors, n.d.

Francis Patrick (Frank) Connors (1888-1963) engineer, trade union official, politician 

Birth: 12 January 1888 in Paterson, New South Wales, son of native-born parents Francis Patrick Connors (1854-1934), blacksmith, and Bridget, née Swan (1856-1913). Marriage: 3 August 1915 to native-born Rose Emily Ayers (1895-1939). They had two sons and a daughter. Death: 6 November 1963 in Sydney, NSW. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Educated at Morpeth, NSW.
  • Assistant secretary and organiser, Australasian Society of Engineers NSW from 1924 to 1929; State secretary, 1932-43; Federal secretary, 1943-53. Delegate to NSW Trades and Labor Council. Editor Australasian Engineer.
  • Secretary, West Marrickville branch of Australian Labor Party from the mid 1920s. Contested election for Marrickville council in December 1928.
  • Elected to NSW Legislative Assembly as member for Dulwich Hill on 25 October 1930. Defeated in May 1932, contested Dulwich Hill for the State Labor Party in 1935.
  • Expelled from ALP by special conference in August 1936. Was a member of the R. J. Heffron group from 1936 to 1939, and on its central executive 1939-1940.
  • Was on the State Labor Party [Hughes-Evans] executive 1940-1941. Served on central executive 1942-1953.

Heather Radi, Peter Spearritt & Elizabeth Hinton, Biographical Register of the NSW Parliament 1901-1970 (Canberra, 1979); The Australian Engineer, 1 October 1930, March, June 1973; Labor Year Book, 1933.

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12 January, 1888
Paterson, New South Wales, Australia


6 November, 1963 (aged 75)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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