|Member of the Australian Parliament |
21 August 1943 –10 December 1949
|Preceded by||Eric Spooner|
|Succeeded by||Roger Dean|
|Born||7 April 1897|
Young, New South Wales
|Died||1992 (aged 94–95)|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
Thomas Francis Williams (7 April 1897 – 1992) was an Australian politician.
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|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Robertson |
1943 – 1949
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