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John (senior) Cain

John (senior) Cain

Born
19 January 1882 (Greendale, Victoria)
Died
04 August 1957 (Townsville. Preston cemetery)
Parents
Patrick Cane, farmer and contractor, b. Ireland, and Julia Brennan
Marriage
20 Feb 1926 Dorothea Vera Mane Grindrod, businesswoman; 1s. 1d.
Occupation
Fruiterer, clerk and organiser
Education
Myrniong, Ingliston and Coimadai State Schools.
Career
Father died 1890; farm labourer Tatura; hawker and spruiker Melbourne 1907-1911, joined Victorian Socialist Party c1910; Northcote fruiterer and spruiker 1911-1914; organiser Theatrical Employees' Union 1915; Clerk Defence Department 1916; prosecuted for anti-conscription activities, organiser Clothing Trades' Union 1916-1917; active in many Northcote social and sporting bodies; MCG trustee, attended Coronation 1953. Father of John Cain (junior) (q.v.).;Northcote city councillor 1915-1927
Party
Australian Labor Party
Party Note
Joined Northcote branch c1914, leader 1937-1957, opposition leader July 1942-Sept 1943, Sept 1943-Nov 1945. Dec 1947-Dec 1948. Jun 1952-Dec 1952, Jun 1955-Aug 1957, state executive 1945-1947.
House
Electorate
Start
End
MLA
Jika Jika
1st Nov 1917
 
1st Mar 1927
 
MLA
Northcote
1st Apr 1927
 
1st Aug 1957
 

*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.

Inaugural Speech
13 February 1918, ALP, Assembly, Northcote
Appointments
Assistant Minister of Agriculture July 1924-Nov 1924, May 1927-Nov 1928, Minister of Railways and of Electrical Undertakings 12 Dec 1929-19 May 1932, Minister of Decentralisation and Reconstruction Sept 1943, Minister of Lands Dec 1953, Premier and Treasurer Sept 1943, Nov 1945-Nov 1947, Dec 1952-June 1955.
References
Who's Who in Australia 1935-1955, Victoria, 'Parliamentary Debates' 3 Sept 1957, 1582-6; Labor Call 2 Oct 1924; SNP 20 Nov 1945; Age 8 Dec 1952, 5 Aug 1957, 8 Nov 1961, People 25 Aug 1954; Barbor, E., 'They Went Their Way', Traralgon, 1960; Murray, R., 'The Split: Australian Labor in the Fifties', Melbourne, 1972; Walker, B., 'Solidarity Foerver...', Melbourne, 1972; White, K. B., 'John Cain and Victorian Labor 1917-57', Sydney, 1982; Strangio, Paul & Costar, Brian eds. 'The Victorian Premiers 1856-2006' Annandale, N.S.W. : Federation Press, 2006.
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)