Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
John Joseph Simons
Principal Honours
Birth
Date 12 August 1882 Place Clare, South Australia
Arrival in WA
1896
Parents
Son of Thomas Simons, currier, and Margaret Henry, school teacher
Marriage and Family
Unmarried
Death
Date 24 October 1948Place Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Education
Occupation
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
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Party
Labor until 1922
Then Independent, later National
Date Elected
12 March 1921
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1922
Electorate
East Perth
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • 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
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
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
Author:
  • Australian Junior, 5 volumes 1907–1911
  • Reflections (Perth 1926)
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. 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, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/simons-john-joseph-jack-8430/text14815, published first in hardcopy 1988, accessed online 11 January 2016.
West Australian, 25 October 1948.
Who's Who in Australia (1927–33–47)
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