Jim Harrison (politician)

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Jim Harrison
Eli James Harrison.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Blaxland
In office
10 December 1949 – 29 September 1969
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Paul Keating
Personal details
Born (1903-10-12)12 October 1903
Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Died 9 September 1976(1976-09-09) (aged 72)
North Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Children Colin James Harrison; Una Harrison
Occupation Railway worker - Fireman to Ben Chifley on T-class locomotive 5112.
Profession Politician

Eli James Harrison (12 October 1903 – 9 September 1976) was an Australian politician. Born in Port Macquarie, New South Wales to farmer William Binney and Sophia Selina Turnbull, he was educated at state schools. He then worked on a dairy farm before joining New South Wales Railways in 1925. He was an official of the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen from 1930 to 1949, and was its president in 1948. He was active in local Labor Party politics, and was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1943.[1] He held that position until 1949, when he transferred to federal politics, defeating former New South Wales Premier Jack Lang for the new seat of Blaxland. He held the seat until his retirement in 1969.[2] He first married Una Grace May Brown at Pleasant Plains, near Port Macquarie, NSW, on 15 October 1924, three days after reaching adulthood.[3] This marriage was dissolved on 6 July 1968. He subsequently married Joyce Ethel McGovern[4] on 7 September 1975 at North Melbourne, but died the following year.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Mr Eli James Harrison". Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  3. ^ Births, Deaths and Marriages NSW, marriage certificate 1924/017899.
  4. ^ Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, death certificate 22298/76.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Blaxland
1949 – 1969
Succeeded by
Paul Keating