John Birt (politician)

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John Edward Birt (11 December 1873 – 21 June 1925) was an Australian politician.

He was born at Woolloomooloo in Sydney to seaman John and Margaret (née McDonough) Birt, and educated by the Marist Brothers in Darlinghurst before working in a grocery and then in retail stores. From 1904 he worked as a commercial traveller and later as a public service clerk, becoming involved with the Public Service Association. He was president of the Paddington Labour League, founded the Darlinghurst branch, and was a member of the executive from 1908 to 1910.

In 1919 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Labor member for Paddington. With the introduction of proportional representation in 1920 he became one of the members for Sydney, and served until his death at Darlinghurst in 1925.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr John Edward Birt (1873–1925)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Lawrence O'Hara
Member for Paddington
1919–1920
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Sydney
1920–1925
Served alongside: Buckley/Jackson, Burke/McGirr/Burke, Levy, Minahan/Holdsworth
Succeeded by
Patrick Minahan