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John Lewis Madden (1896–1971)

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John Lewis Madden (1896-1971) labor politician

Born: 8 July 1896 Launceston. Son of James Joseph, bench clerk, and Maria Josephine Conole. Married: Annie May Peterson, Launceston, 1922. They had one son and two daughters. Died: 16 July 1971 Launceston. Roman Catholic. 

  • Educated St. Mary’s Convent School, Launceston and Christian Brothers’ College, Adelaide;
  • Certificated mechanical, marine and electrical engineer; Apprenticed diesel engineering Salisbury’s Foundry Launceston;
  • Employed Launceston City Council Tramway Workshops; Industrial Inspector and Determinations Inspector, Social Services Dept. 1933/34 to 1936;
  • Member, Amalgamated Engineering Union; Secretary, Launceston Trades Hall Council; Secretary, Launceston Technical College Council; JP, 1936; Royal Commissioner, Motor vehicle taxation 1939; Executive member, Federal ALP;
  • Member Tas House of Assembly, ALP Bass 1936-1956, 1957-69; Contested Bass 1934, 1956, 1969; Seat EC without offices 1939-1942; Minister for Lands and Works 1942-43, Minister for Agriculture 1943-48, Treasurer and Minister for Transport, 1948-56, Minister for Housing and Minister Admin. Police Dept. and 1932 Licensing Act 1959-61; Speaker 1964-69;
  • Secretary-Treasurer Launceston Old Age and Invalid Pensioners’ League; Member, St. Vincent de Paul Society; Member, Sacred Heart College Parents and Friends’ Association; Member, St. Patrick’s Old Collegians’ Club; Member, St. Ailbes Indoor Games Club; Chairman Northern Tasmania Football Association.

S. Bennett & B. Bennett, Biographical Register of the Tasmanian Parliament, 1851–1960, Canberra, 1980.

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8 July, 1896
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia


16 July, 1971 (aged 75)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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