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William George Mahony (1877–1962)

This entry is from People Australia

William Mahony, by David Low, 1919

William Mahony, by David Low, 1919

National Library of Australia, 6456759

William George Mahony (1877-1962) labor politician

Birth: 5 October 1877 at Kinsale, Cork, Ireland, son of William Mahony, shipbuilder, and Bridget nee Manning. Marriage: 1909 at Balmain North, Sydney, New South Wales, to Annie Amy Shaughnessy. They had one son and one daughter. Death: 28 August 1962 Randwick NSW. Religion: Catholic. Brother of Robert MLC (NSW).

  • Arrived in Sydney with parents and siblings aboard the Northern Monarch on 14 September 1882;
  • Educated to primary school;
  • Grocery assistant; Organised Grocers Assistants’ Union and became first secretary; Associated with its development into Shop Assistants’ Union;
  • In charge of Stores Branch, Sydney City Council;
  • Member House of Representative, Dalley, (Federal), 1914-1927, succeeded Robert Howe on death; Had been Secretary for Howe in every campaign; Pres. Dalley Fed. Council; Member, PLL Balmain branch, c.1897; Pres. and Treasurer Balmain branch ALP and delegate to conferences; Member of Standing Committee on Public Works and on Sea Carriage; Member of Royal Commissions to investigate allegation of the administration of Cockatoo Island Dock, 1922; Member of Royal Commission on National Insurance, 1923; Stayed opponent of Bruce’s government’s referendum proposals, 1926;
  • Interested in naval matters and shipbuilding;
  • Resigned the seat of Dalley in January 1927 to allow E. G. Theodore to contest it. A Royal Commission found that Mahony had received a sum of up to £5000 as incentive to resign.
  • Organiser for Red Cross in WWII, and until death.

Rydon; Australian Worker, 26 Apr. 1917 p.5, 6 Nov. 1919 p.7, 25 Mar. 1925; Labor News 15 Nov. 1919 p.7; Labor Daily, 14 Nov. 1925 (Supplement); Westralian Worker, Mar. 19 1926 p.11, 21 Jan. 1927 p.2

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'Mahony, William George (1877–1962)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 May 2024.

© Copyright Labour Australia, 2012

William Mahony, by David Low, 1919

William Mahony, by David Low, 1919

National Library of Australia, 6456759

Life Summary [details]


5 October, 1877
Kinsale, Cork, Ireland


28 August, 1962 (aged 84)
Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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