James Hegney

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James Hegney
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
2 August 1956 29 June 1959
Preceded by Aloysius Rodoreda
Succeeded by John Hearman
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
12 April 1930 15 March 1947
Preceded byNone (new creation)
Succeeded by Bill Grayden
Constituency Middle Swan
In office
25 March 1950 31 March 1962
Preceded byBill Grayden
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
ConstituencyMiddle Swan
In office
31 March 1962 23 March 1968
Preceded byNone (new creation)
Succeeded by Colin Jamieson
Constituency Belmont
Personal details
Born(1891-09-27)27 September 1891
North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died5 May 1970(1970-05-05) (aged 78)
Wembley, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Labor

James Hegney (27 September 1891 – 5 May 1970) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1930 to 1947 and again from 1950 to 1968. He served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1956 to 1959.

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Early life

Hegney was born in Melbourne, as was his younger brother Bill Hegney (also a future MP). The brothers came to Western Australia as children, where their father worked for Western Australian Government Railways. After leaving school, Hegney worked as a boilermaker at the Midland Railway Workshops, and was a member of the Boilermakers' Union. [1] He also played high-level Australian rules football, appearing in 23 games for the Midland Junction Football Club (a West Australian Football League club) between 1909 and 1910. [2]

Politics

Hegney stood for parliament at the 1930 state election, and was elected to the new seat of Middle Swan. [3] After the 1933 election, Hegney was appointed deputy chairman of committees in the Labor government. [1] He remained in the role until the 1947 election, when he was narrowly defeated in his seat by Bill Grayden, the Liberal candidate. Hegney regained Middle Swan at the 1950 election, [3] and after Labor's victory at the 1953 election was made chairman of committees in the Hawke government. He was elevated to the speakership after the 1956 election, replacing Aloysius Rodoreda, and remained speaker until the Labor government's defeat at the 1959 election. Hegney switched to the seat of Belmont at the 1962 election, and remained in parliament until retiring at the 1968 election. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 James Hegney – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  2. Footballers in the House, Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  3. 1 2 Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN   0730984095.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
None (new creation)
Bill Grayden
Member for Middle Swan
1930–1947
1950–1962
Succeeded by
Bill Grayden
None (abolished)
New creation Member for Belmont
1962–1968
Succeeded by
Colin Jamieson
Preceded by
Aloysius Rodoreda
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
1956–1959
Succeeded by
John Hearman