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James Cunningham


Birth
Date: 28 December 1879
Place: Warabraer, South Australia, Australia
Parents
James, stonemason and farmer, and Catherine Herrin (Hearn?), domestic servant
Marriage and Family
Married 29 October 1907, St Marys Church, Kalgoorlie to Alice Daly (died circa January 1964), daughter of Edward and Mary Moroney
Children: three sons and one daughter
Death
Date: 4 July 1943
Place: Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Religion
Catholic
Education
Little formal education
Occupation
Miner and union secretary
Employment History
From 1899 prospecting and mining at Norseman
From 1905 at Boulder
1914–1916 full time secretary Kalgoorlie–Boulder branch Federated Miners’ Union in succession to G McLeod
1917 State Treasurer, Federated Mining Employees’ Association of Australia (Western Australia branch)
1936 to his farm at Mullewa
House
MLC
MLA
Party
Labor
1919 Leederville Australian Labor Federation delegate to Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Division), 4th General Council (10th Labor Congress)
Date Elected
7 July 1916
Inaugural Speech
Cunningham, James, First Address-in-Reply Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
Search for speeches by James Cunningham
Year Retired/Resigned
1936
Electorate
North-East
Parliamentary Service
State

Electorates
  • MLC North East Province, 7 July 1916 (by-election)–21 May 1922
  • MLA Kalgoorlie 13 January 1923 (by-election)–15 February 1936
  • Contested North East Province, 13 May 1922, Kalgoorlie 15 February 1936

Office
  • Minister without portfolio 17 April 1924–15 December 1927
  • Minister for Agriculture, Water Supply 15 December 1927–3 April 1930

Commonwealth
  • Senator for Western Australia, 1 July 1938 (elected 23 October 1937)–4 July 1943

Office
  • Deputy Leader Australian Labor Party in Senate 1940–1941
  • President of the Senate 1 July 1941–4 July 1943
References
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, 2001, p. 57.
Further Information
Ralph Pervan, 'Cunningham, James (1879–1943)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/cunningham-james-5849/text9943, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 17 December 2015.