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James Joseph Kenneally


Principal Honours
Birth
Date: 15 May 1879
Place: Liverpool Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Arrival in WA
To WA 1899
Parents
Son of Patrick, bootmaker (engine driver), and Charlotte Young
Marriage and Family
Married 15 November 1911, St Laurence’s Church, North Adelaide, South Australia, to Mary Ann Flaherty, (born circa 1884 and died circa October 1970), daughter of Michael
Children: four sons and one daughter
Death
Date: 9 October 1954
Place: Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Religion
Catholic
Education
Educated Christian Brothers College Redfern, NSW
Occupation
Railway worker
Employment History
Became locomotive cleaner, later engine driver with Western Australian Government Railways
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Party
Labor
President WA State Executive Australian Labor Party 1927
Member ALP federal executive 1920–1922, 1923–1926, Vice-President 1923, Federal President 1927–1936
Date Elected
26 March 1927
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1936
Electorate
East Perth
Parliamentary Service
State

Electorates
  • MLA East Perth 26 March 1927–15 February 1936 (lodged petition against return of TJ Hughes at 1936 general election but was defeated again at by election)
  • Contested Northam 4 November 1914, 19 August 1916 (min. by election), East Perth 15 February 1936, 9 May 1936 by-election

Commonwealth
  • Contested Senate (WA) 14 November 1925

Office
  • Minister for Employment, Child Welfare and Industrial Development 24 April 1933–26 March 1935; for Employment, Public Works and Labour 26 March 1935–13 May 1936
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
President WA Locomotive Engine Drivers, Firemen and Cleaners’ Union of Workers 1914–1919, secretary 1919–1927
Chairman WA Lotteries Commission 1936–1954
Member Commonwealth Grants Commission 1 January 1945–1954
Qualifications
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, 2010, p. 111.
Further Information
R Erickson, ed, Dictionary of Western Australians, 1829-1914. Volume 5. The golden years, 1889-1914, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA, 1986.
Ralph Pervan, 'Kenneally, James Joseph (1879–1954)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/kenneally-james-joseph-6927/text12003, accessed 10 January 2013.
West Australian, 8 and 11 May 1936, 10 October 1954.
Bibliography

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