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John Lemmon

John Lemmon

Born
15 July 1875 (Carlton, Victoria)
Died
28 October 1955 (Hawthorn. Springvale crematorium)
Parents
Samuel, wood turner and Trades Hall caretaker, b. England, and Matilda Thompson, b. Ireland
Marriage
25 Apr 1905 Edith Ruddock; 1s. 2d.
Occupation
Carpenter, cutter and union organiser
Religion
Presbyterian
Education
Rathdowne St State School, Trades Hall School, and Workingmen's College
Career
Carpenter for five years, then cutter; member Timber Workers Union at 15, representative Cutters and Trimmers Union on Trades Hall Council; honorary secretary Trades Hall Council Organising committee 1900, with S. Barker and J. W. Billson (q.v.), organised approximately 50 unions; prominent in anti-sweating movement; honorary secretary Vic. Association of Friendly Societies; chief president Australian Natives Association 1911, director 1907-1948, trustee 1923-1954; president Workingmen's College 1910; member Melbourne University Council 1932-1939; MCG trustee 1946. Son Nelson Lemmon was MHR Forrest 1943-1949, St George 1954-1955, and Minister for Works and Housing 1946-1949.;
Party
Labour
 
Australian Labor Party
Party Note
Parl. secretary 1913-1938
House
Electorate
Start
End
MLA
Williamstown
1st Jun 1904
 
1st Apr 1955
 

*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.

Notes
Longest Victorian parliamentary term.
Other seats contested
Footscray 1901 (b/e), 1902, 1902 (b/e)
Appointments
Senate 1903. Minister of Public Instruction and of Labour Dec 1913, July-Nov 1924, May 1927-Nov 1928. Minister of Labour Dec 1929-Mar 1932. Minister of Public Instruction Dec 1929-May 1932. Royal commission Murray Waters 1909-1910. Marketing and Transportation of Wheat committee 1911. Royal commission Marketing and Transportation of Grain 1912-1913. Public Accounts committee 1918-1924.
References
Who's Who in Australia 1927-1955; Victoria, 'Parliamentary Debates' 2 Nov 1955, 1321-3; Melbourne Punch 18 Dec 1923, 9 Apr 1924; Labor Call 4 Sept 1924; Table Talk 20 Oct 1927; Sunraysia Daily 16 Mar 1934; Herald 15 July 1938, 18 May 1954, 29 Oct 1955; Age 2 June 1954, 29 Oct 1955; Williamstown Advertiser 4 Nov 1955; Blake, L. J. (ed.), 'Vision and Realisation: A Centenary History of State Education in Victoria', Melbourne, 1973
Initial Data Source
Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last Update
Array (last date the record was checked and updated)