Thomas Williams (Australian politician)

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Thomas Williams
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Robertson
In office
21 August 1943 10 December 1949
Preceded by Eric Spooner
Succeeded by Roger Dean
Personal details
Born(1897-04-07)7 April 1897
Young, New South Wales
Died1992 (aged 9495)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party

Thomas Francis Williams (7 April 1897 1992) was an Australian politician.

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Born in Young, New South Wales, Williams was educated at Catholic schools and then the University of Sydney, becoming a barrister in 1923.

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In 1943 Williams gained Australian Labor Party (ALP) pre-selection for the Australian House of Representatives electorate of Robertson and defeated sitting United Australia Party (UAP) member Eric Spooner at the 1943 federal election.

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Following the death in office of Prime Minister John Curtin on 5 July 1945, Williams urged that the caucus leadership ballot should be deferred until the return of H.V. Evatt from overseas, whom Williams described as "the biggest man in political life in Australia". [1] Instead, the caucus elected Ben Chifley as leader of the ALP parliamentary leader (and thus Prime Minister).

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Williams held the seat of Robertson until the 1949 federal election, when he was defeated by Liberal Party of Australia candidate Roger Dean. Williams returned to law and died in 1992. [2]

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Roger Levinge Dean, CBE was an Australian politician. Born in Sydney, he attended Newcastle Boys High School and Newcastle Grammar School before becoming a business executive. He served in World War II, 1942–46. In 1949, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Robertson, defeating Labor member Thomas Williams. Dean held the seat until 1964, when he resigned to become Administrator of the Northern Territory, a position he held until 1970. In that year, he was appointed Consul-General to San Francisco, where he remained until 1974. He died in 1998.


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  1. Abjorensen, p. 120.
  2. Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Eric Spooner
Member for Robertson
1943 1949
Succeeded by
Roger Dean