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Michael Francis (Frank) Troy (1877–1953)

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Frank Troy, n.d.

Frank Troy, n.d.

Michael Francis (Frank) Troy (1877-1953) teacher, miner, trade union leader, politician 

Birth: 13 October 1877 at Pimlico, Richmond River, New South Wales, son of Patrick Troy (1847-1883), farmer, and Ellen, née Maloney (1842-1938) Both parents had been born in Newport, Tipperary, Ireland. Marriage: 19 April 1913 at Highgate Hill, to Flora Brown Mackinnon. No Children. Widowed 6 January 1952. Death: 7 January 1953 at Mt Lawley, Perth, Western Australia. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Educated at Wardell state school. Trained as a teacher. Joined Department of Public Instruction NSW.
  • Went to Western Australia in 1897. Goldminer in Murchison area. Secretary of Murchison district council, Australian Workers’ Association (AWA) for two years. General Secretary AWA 1904-05; Miners rep. in Arbitration Court. Owned farm near Mullewa.
  • Labor member of the Legislative Assembly for Mt Magnet from 28 June 1904 to 18 March 1939.
  • Secretary and Labor Party Whip 1905-11. Speaker 1911-17. Minister for Mines, and for Agriculture 1924-1927, for Lands and for Immigration 1927-30 and 1933-39. Father of the House 1930-39.
  • Agent-General for WA in London 15 March 1939 to 17 May 1947.

G. C. Bolton & Ann Mozley, The Western Australian Legislature (Canberra, 1961), p 189; Westralian Worker, 6 Jananuary 1939 p 1, 17 February 1939 p 1; Cyclopedia of Western Australia Vol. 1 1912 p 338; Members of Parliament, p 195; D. J. Murphy (ed), Labor in Politics: State Labor Parties in Australia, 1880-1920 (St Lucia, Qld, 1975).

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Frank Troy, n.d.

Frank Troy, n.d.

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13 October, 1877
Pimlico, New South Wales, Australia


7 January, 1953 (aged 75)
Mt Lawley, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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