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Members’ biographical register

Thomas Henry Jones

Principal Honours
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) awarded 26 January 1990 for services to Parliament, trade union movement and to the welfare of the elderly
Date: 2 March, 1924
Place: West Midland Junction, Western Australia
Son of Thomas Henry Jones, railway guard, and Ellen Jane Thomas
Marriage and Family
Married 15 February 1965, District Registry Office, Perth to Winifred McAuliffe (nee Butcher) (died circa 1996), daughter of Thomas Edward Butcher and Beatrice Stewart
Children: one son and one daughter by marriage
Date: 26 March 2014
Place: Collie, Western Australia TBC
Cemetery: Collie Cemetery, location Methodist F17, Western Australia
Uniting Church
Educated Donnybrook State School
Left school in 1939
Union secretary
Employment History
Took casual work from age of ten years
Left school in 1939 and employed in Donnybrook Co-operative
Joined locomotive section Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR) in Collie as a call boy December 1939, later becoming a cleaner and fireman
Resigned from WAGR June 1947 and employed as a wheeler at Griffin Coal Mine, Collie
Became wheelers’ representative in Coalminers’ Industrial Union, then worked on coal face
President Griffin branch of Union, then full-time general district secretary 1951–1968
In 1967 became first advocate in Australia to win 35 hour week as award condition for workers
Consultant to State Electricity Commission in Collie from 1989
Joined Australian Labor Party 1951
President of Collie branch from 1954 for many years
Delegate to South West Regional Council, then to Forrest Electorate Council Delegate to numerous State Conferences and one National Conference
Chairman Parliamentary Labor Party 12 October 1971–4 May 1977 (except between 1973 and 1974) and 12 February 1986–4 February 1989
Date Elected
23 March 1968
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
No inaugural video is available as filming did not start until May 2003
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Collie 23 March 1968–4 February 1989

  • Opposition spokesman for Police, Transport and Traffic Safety 1974–1977; for Police and Traffic, Mines, and Fuel and Energy April 1977– March 1978; for Fuel and Energy, and Police and Traffic (from March 1980) March 1978–September 1981

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Represented WA on Commonwealth Parliamentary Association study tour 1975
Family moved to Donnybrook June 1924
From 1986 vice chairman WA Coal Industry Council, chairman Standing Committee 1987, and leader overseas delegation for Collie Coalfields to USA, Germany and UK
Life member Collie Coal Miners Industrial Union, Collie Mineworkers Institute and Collie Agricultural Society
Justice of the Peace
Awarded Rotary Club Citizen of the Year 1976
Chairman Collie Retired Miners’ Association from 2001
Organised Collie Cheerio Pensioners’ Christmas Party for 50 years
Vice-president Collie St John Ambulance Association
President Riverview Frail Aged Home (foundation chairman) and Fund-Raising Coordinator, became life member 2002
Life member Western Collieries Social Club
Chairman fund-raising organisation for Salvation Army in Collie for 20 years
Executive member at various times of Collie River Rowing Club—1989 chairman organising committee for King’s Cup rowing regatta (road to rowing course named Tom Jones Drive)
Member Collie Cricket Association and Collie Football Club, life member of latter
In 1988 chairman of combined Football Carnival Committee, Collie
Member and patron Collie Bowling Club
In youth represented Collie at football, rowing and cricket
In retirement spent time fishing at Busselton
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, p. 138-139.
Further Information
Transcript of interview with Ronda Jamieson, 1988 (State Library and WA Parliamentary Library)

West Australian, 25 March 1968, 7 February 1990.
Western Sun, March 1968.
Who's Who in Australia (1977)