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Jack Cremean

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Jack Cremean
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hoddle
In office
10 December 1949 – 10 December 1955
Preceded byNew division
Succeeded byDivision abolished
Personal details
John Lawrence Cremean

(1907-01-26)26 January 1907
Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Died11 August 1982(1982-08-11) (aged 75)
Kew, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLabor (1949–55)
Labor (A-C) (1955)
RelationsBert Cremean (brother)
Jack O'Connell (Australian Politician)

John Lawrence Cremean (26 January 1907 – 11 August 1982) was an Australian politician. Born in Melbourne, he was educated at Catholic schools before becoming a clerk. He was secretary to federal Labor minister Arthur Calwell from 1942 to 1945, secretary of the Fire Brigades Employees Union 1945–48, and also sat on Richmond City Council.

In 1945, Cremean's brother, Bert Cremean, died after surgery, and Jack was elected as a Labor member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Clifton Hill in the resulting by-election.[1] In 1949, he transferred to federal politics, winning the new seat of Hoddle in the Australian House of Representatives. In 1955, Cremean was one of seven MPs who left the ALP and formed the Australian Labor Party (Anti-Communist), the precursor to the Democratic Labor Party. Cremean's seat of Hoddle was abolished for the 1955 election, so he contested its successor, Scullin, as an Anti-Communist, but was defeated by the Labor candidate, Ted Peters, the member for Burke. Cremean died in 1982.[2]


  1. ^ "John Lawrence Cremean". Re-Member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Archived from the original on 23 April 2023. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by Member for Clifton Hill
Succeeded by
Parliament of Australia
New district Member for Hoddle
District abolished