James Fingleton

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James Fingleton

James Fingleton Jnr (7 December 1876 – 13 October 1920) was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and the father of Australian Test cricketer Jack Fingleton.

Born in Melbourne, Victoria, the son of Irish Catholic migrants; baker James Fingleton and his wife Mary, the Fingletons moved to Sydney in 1878 before the deaths of his parents left Fingleton orphaned at an early age.[1]

After a limited education, Fingleton gained work with the New South Wales Railway and Tramway Department, initially as a tram conductor before his promotion to tram driver. Fingleton also joined the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and became active in the union movement, eventually becoming a union organiser.[1]

He married Belinda May Webb in 1902 and together they had two daughters and four sons.

Fingleton was elected as the ALP member for the Electoral district of Waverley in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in December 1913 and served until 1917 when, in the wake of the ALP split over conscription (which he opposed), Fingleton lost his seat in a landslide election loss to the conservative Nationalist Party of Australia.

Fingleton returned to parliament as the member for Eastern Suburbs at the March 1920 election but died of tuberculosis at his Waverley home in October that year. He was buried at Waverley cemetery.


  1. ^ a b "Mr James FINGLETON (1876 - 1920)**". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2011.