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Gerald William Mahoney (1892–1955)

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Gerald William Mahoney  (1892-1955) labor politician

Birth: 24 May 1892, Railton, Tasmania. Son of Cornelius Mahoney, carpenter, and Margaret nee O’Halloran. Married. Edith Margaret Mansfield, 1919, Hobart. They had one son and one daughter. Death: 16 September 1955, Hobart. Roman Catholic.

  • Educated at St. Patrick’s Convent School, Latrobe;
  • Carried swag in NSW and Vic. when young;
  • Returned to Tasmania; painter when work available;
  • Rep. Seamen’s Union, Port of Hobart, 1920s;
  • Attempted to organise timber workers 1920s;
  • Aust. Builders’ Labourers’ Union representative at Melbourne Conference, 1922;
  • Part-time secretary, Painters’ and Decorators’ Union until death;
  • Member House of Assembly, Denison, 1931-34 (defeated); Contested Denison 1925, 1928, 1934; Expelled from ALP, stood as Ind. Labor 1925, later readmitted; Member House of Representatives, Denison, 1934-40 (defeated); Contested Denison 1943 as Independent Labor;
  • Much work with unemployed during Depression;
  • Employed Manpower Administration during WWII;
  • Secretary, Citizens’ Committee in beer strike during late 1920s;
  • Member, Trainers’ and Breeders’ Greyhound Assn.;
  • Member, North Hobart Football Club.

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

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24 May, 1892
Railton, Tasmania, Australia


16 September, 1955 (aged 63)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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