Thomas Bath

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Thomas Bath

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Leader of the Opposition of Western Australia
In office
22 November 1905 3 August 1910
Premier Newton Moore
Preceded by William Johnson
Succeeded by John Scaddan
Minister for Education of Western Australia
In office
7 June 1905 25 August 1905
Premier Henry Daglish
Preceded by Henry Daglish
Succeeded by Walter Kingsmill
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Hannans
In office
Preceded by John Reside
Succeeded by Wallace Nelson
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Brown Hill
In office
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Avon
In office
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded by Tom Harrison
Personal details
Born(1875-02-21)21 February 1875
Hill End, New South Wales
Died6 November 1956(1956-11-06) (aged 81)
Mount Lawley, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Labor Party

Thomas Henry Bath, CBE (21 February 1875 – 6 November 1956) was an Australian politician, trade unionist, newspaper editor, writer, and cooperativist. A member of the Labor Party, he served as a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between 1902 and 1914 for the constituencies of Hannans, Brown Hill and Avon, and was also Minister for Education for a period of 79 days in 1905, and Leader of the Opposition between 1906 and 1910. In later life, Bath was involved in the establishment of the University of Western Australia, and also initiated several agricultural cooperatives.


Early life

Bath was born to Thomas Henry Richard Bath, a miner, and his wife Sarah Ann Bath (née Barrow), on 21 February 1875, at Hill End, New South Wales, a mining town in the Blue Mountains. He emigrated to the Western Australian Goldfields in 1896, and found work as a miner. The following year, after a brief sojourn in New South Wales, Bath was involved in founding the Amalgamated Workers' Association. In 1898, he was asked to head the local chapter of the Knights of Labor, a United-States-based labour organisation, which he represented at the 1899 trade union conference, held in Coolgardie. In September 1900, Bath, despite having no formal training in writing, became the first editor of the Westralian Worker , a socialist publication. In July of the following year, Bath gave way to Wallace Nelson. [1]

Political career

After being appointed secretary of the Kalgoorlie and Boulder Trades and Labor Council, Bath was involved in various faction-fighting between trade unions.

Later life

Bath was a leading member of the Freemasons in Western Australia, and was involved in the foundation of Lodge Bonnie Doon, 839, S.C., in 1897, under the Scottish Rite. [2] He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1949, for "long service to the wheatgrowing industry of the state". [3] He died at his home in Mount Lawley on 6 November 1956 from a heart attack resulting from coronary occlusion.


Bath Lane, one of the minor roads in the Ballarat CBD, was named after him.

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  1. Gibbney, H. J. Bath, Thomas Henry (1875–1956) – Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  2. Bath is included in a Montage of portraits of Western Australian Freemasons presented to J. M. F. Lapsley, Grand Master of Scottish Freemasonry in Western Australia, 19 Dec. 1911 (picture) – State Library of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  3. Wheat Men Honoured. The West Australian . Published Wednesday, 20 July 1949. Retrieved from Trove, 28 January 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Daglish
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Walter Kingsmill
Preceded by
William Johnson
Leader of the Opposition
Succeeded by
John Scaddan
Party political offices
Preceded by
William Johnson
Leader of the Labor Party in Western Australia
Succeeded by
John Scaddan
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
John Reside
Member of Parliament for Hannans
Succeeded by
Wallace Nelson
Constituency established Member of Parliament for Brown Hill
Constituency abolished
Constituency established Member of Parliament for Avon
Succeeded by
Tom Harrison