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Members’ biographical register

John Joseph Simons

Date: 12 August 1882
Place: Clare, South Australia, Australia
Arrival in WA
Son of Thomas Simons, currier, and Margaret Henry, school teacher
Marriage and Family
Date: 24 October 1948
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA
Union secretary, newspaper editor and owner
Employment History
Worked for a tinsmith in 1896
Paid secretary Western Australia State School Teachers’ Union until resigned in 1917
Managed the Australian for Australian Natives Association 1908–1910
With Lionel Boas and others, from 1914 edited Young Australia League monthly Boomerang
1915–1916 worked for Canadian War Funds, appointed Honorary Major Canadian forces,
With Victor Courtney founded weekly Call in 1918 and from 1921 also published Mirror
1935 with Courtney and C de Bernales bought Sunday Times, became managing director Western Press Ltd and Country Newspapers Ltd
Chairman Scottish Insurance Corporation
Labor until 1922
Then Independent, later National
Date Elected
12 March 1921
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
East Perth
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA East Perth 12 March 1921–1 November 1922 (resigned)
  • Contested Fremantle (House of Representatives) 5 May 1917, East Perth 29 September 1917, 18 November 1922 (by-election), 22 March 1924, Perth (H of R) 23 October 1937
Ardent anti-conscription campaigner
Co-founder Young Australia League 1905, honorary director until 1948
1941 assigned his interest in Western Press to Young Australia League
Secretary WA National Football League 1905–1914
President Australian Natives Association 1910–1911
Life member also secretary 1913–1914 Western Australian Trotting Association
  • Australian Junior, 5 volumes 1907–1911
  • Reflections (Perth 1926)
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2010, p. 180.
Further Information
Boomerang, 30 October 1948.
V. Courtney, The Life story of J.J. Simons, founder of the Young Australian League (Sydney, 1961)
Lyall Hunt, 'Simons, John Joseph (Jack) (1882–1948)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1988, accessed online 11 January 2016.
West Australian, 25 October 1948.
Who's Who in Australia (1927–33–47)