People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Older articles are being reviewed with a view to bringing them into line with contemporary values but the original text will remain available for historical context.

John Davis (Jack) Garland (1922–1993)

This article was published:

John Garland, n.d.

John Garland, n.d.

John Davis (Jack) Garland (1922-1993) toolmaker, trade union official and parliamentarian

Birth: 8 April 1922 at Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales, son of English-born parents John Garland (1882-1952), a bricklayer, from Thetford, Thelnetham, Suffolk, England, and Florence, née Davis (1881-1962), from London.  Marriage: 5 February 1944 at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Waverley, Sydney, to native-born Winifred Georgina Brewis (1921-2016). They had three sons. Death: 3 September 1993 in hospital at Darlinghurst, Sydney; usual residence O’Dowd street, Waverley, Sydney. 

  • Toolmaker at Austral Bronze in Sydney from about 1947 to 1957.
  • National secretary of the Amalgamated Engineering Union in 1957 and held the position until 1972 when the AEU, Boilermakers & Blacksmiths Society of Australia and Sheet Metal Workers Union amalgamated. Was then joint national secretary of Australian Metal Workers’ Union from 1972 until 1980 (resigned).
  • Joined Australian Labor Party about 1950.
  • Became an elected member of the Legislative Council of NSW on 27 October 1981. Retired on 9 April 1990.
  • Member of the NSW Australian Labor Party central executive for twenty-five years including vice-president. Represented NSW as delegate to National Conference on several occasions.
  • Delegate to NSW Labor District delegate, branch officer and delegate to Australian Council of Trade Unions Congress.
  • Life member ALP NSW branch in 1990, nominated by the Administrative Committee.
  • Involved in Aboriginal welfare and the Workers’ Educational Association.
  • Cause of death: metastatic carcinoma of lung.

Metal Worker, November 1981; AMWSU Quarterly Journal, October-December 1981.

Citation details

'Garland, John Davis (Jack) (1922–1993)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 13 June 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

John Garland, n.d.

John Garland, n.d.

Life Summary [details]


8 April, 1922
Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


3 September, 1993 (aged 71)
Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (lung)

Cultural Heritage

Includes subject's nationality; their parents' nationality; the countries in which they spent a significant part of their childhood, and their self-identity.

Key Organisations
Political Activism