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Thomas Llewellyn Jones (1872–1946)

by Chris Cunneen

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Thomas Llewellyn Jones (1872-1946), produce merchant, Labor politician

Birth: 8 March 1872 in Welshpool, Montgomeryshire (now in Powys), Wales, son of John Henry Jones and Elizabeth, née Pierce. Marriage: (1) 16 August 1901 in Brisbane, Queensland, to Amy Alice Lane. They had one son and a daughter. (2) 9 October 1937 in Brisbane to Gwendolyn Gee. Death: 18 June 1946 in Brisbane. Religion: Congregationalist. 

  • Arrived in Cooktown, Queensland, with parents and siblings aboard the Roma on 19 September 1883. Continued his education at Brisbane Normal and Grammar schools.
  • Worked for Brisbane branch of J. C. Hutton ham and bacon company. With fellow Hutton employee, Charles Emanuel Foggitt, Jones founded Foggitt Jones & Co in Brisbane in 1904. The firms produced hams, bacon and sausages. Its Rex brand camp pie became famous.
  • Was Labor member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for the seat of Oxley from 22 May 1915 to 16 March 1918. Appointed member of the Legislative Council from 18 August 1919 to 22 March 1922.
  • After Foggitt died in 1926 the firm merged with Huttons. Following Jones’s death the Foggitt Jones brand was terminated. Hutton’s sold out in 1984. In 2022 the Foggitt Jones factory in Brisbane is heritage listed.
  • Jones was a trustee of Brisbane Grammar School, member of Senate of the University of Queensland, chairman of the Brisbane Hospital Board and Commodore of the Royal Queensland Yacht Club.

Duncan B. Waterson, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament 1860-1929 (second revised edition, Sydney 2001).

Additional Resources

  • probate, Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 21 November 1946, p 3
  • profile, Daily Standard (Brisbane), 19 May 1915, p 3

Citation details

Chris Cunneen, 'Jones, Thomas Llewellyn (1872–1946)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 April 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

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8 March, 1872
Welshpool, Powys, Wales


18 June, 1946 (aged 74)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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