Solly, Robert Henry

Born 9 September 1859 (Ramsgate)
Died 5 June 1932. (Carlton. Melbourne general cemetery)
Parents: Stephen and Eliza Sage
Marriage: 1873, Adelaide, Mary Graham; 2s. 2d.
Occupation: Bootmaker and union official
Education: No formal education

Career: Worked on farm then in Ramsgate rope factory; at ten joined boot trade, Newcastle; arrived South Australiaat 17; spent one year in Adelaide, then travelled through Vic. and New South Wales working as station hand in Vic. and bootmaker at Newcastle; returned to South Australiafor five years; came to Melbourne, bootmaker Collingwood; organiser and president Bootmakers Union; organiser Tobacco Workers Union; president Trades Hall Council; Exhibition trustee 1912-1932, chairman; president Workingmen's College 1908, council member 1897-1932, member Melbourne University Council 1925-1932. Richmond city councillor 1903-1909

Party: Labor; Australian Labor Party
Party Note: Founding member Richmond branch. Associated with John Wren.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLARailway OfficersJune 1904 November 1906Resigned
MLACarltonOctober 1908(b/e)June 1932 

Other seats contested: Richmond 1902, 1907, Senate 1903, 1906, Batman (fed.) 1906
Appointments: Royal commission Sir Thomas Bent 1909, Railways and Tramways 1910-1912, Geelong Harbor 1912, Housing 1914-1918 (chairman), Border Railways 1915-1916. Railways Electrification committee 1912. Housing committee 1913 (chairman). Railways standing committee 1914-1927. Initiated Royal commission John Murray 1914-1915.
References: Victoria, 'Parliamentary Debates' 14 June 1932, 14-22; Tocsin 30 June 1901, 29 Mar 1906; Labor Call 4 Dec 1924; Geelong Advertiser 19 Jan 1929; Argus 6 June 1932
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: 1985 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.