Michael Burke (Australian politician)

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Michael Burke (1865 – 5 July 1937) was an Irish-born Australian politician.

He was born at Tipperary, Ireland, to farmer Thomas Burke and Annie, née Quirke. He arrived in New South Wales in 1887 and worked as a labourer and union organiser. Around 1900 he married Lucy Agnes Lloyd, with whom he had six children. He was active in local politics, serving on Sydney City Council from 1909 to 1912 and from 1913 to 1927. He had been a foundation member of the Labor Party and served on its central executive from 1904 to 1913 and from 1915 to 1917. In 1917 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the member for Belmore. With the introduction of proportional representation in 1920 he was elected as one of the members for Sydney; he was defeated in 1922 but returned in 1925. After single-member districts were re-introduced in 1927 he was elected as the member for Phillip, but he retired in 1930. Burke died at Summer Hill in 1937.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Michael (2) Burke (1865–1937)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Patrick Minahan
Member for Belmore
1917–1920
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Sydney
1920–1922
Served alongside: Birt, Buckley, Levy, Minahan
Succeeded by
Joseph Jackson
Greg McGirr
Preceded by
Greg McGirr
Patrick Minahan
Member for Sydney
1925–1927
Served alongside: Birt/Minahan, Holdsworth, Jackson, Levy
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Phillip
1927–1930
Succeeded by
Tom Shannon