Sam Jones (Australian politician)

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Sam Jones
Born Samuel Barry Jones
(1923-07-08)8 July 1923
Newcastle, New South Wales
Died 26 January 1999(1999-01-26) (aged 75)
Waratah, New South Wales
Citizenship Australian
Education Newcastle Boys High School
Occupation fitter, politician

Sam Jones (8 July 1923 – 26 January 1999) was an Australian politician. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1965 until 1984 and a member of the ALP.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Samuel Barry Jones was born in Newcastle. He was the son of a steelworker and a brother of Charlie Jones. He was educated to intermediate level at Newcastle Boys' High School and trained as a fitter and turner. He was an office-holder in the Amalgamated Engineering Union.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Sam Jones joined the Australian Labor Party in 1945 and served as vice president and secretary of Tighes Hill branch, vice president of Newcastle and Waratah State Electorate Councils and secretary of Newcastle Federal Electorate Council.[1]

Jones was elected to Newcastle City Council in 1959 and served as an Alderman until 1965. He was a member of the Shortland County Council (1961) and the Hunter District Water Board.[1][2]

Jones defeated Frank Purdue the incumbent member for the seat of Waratah at the 1965 state election by 87 votes (0.79%). He retained the seat at the next 6 elections.[1]

During debate in the Legislative Assembly in August 1979, the member for South Coast, Mr John Hatton accused Jones of being involved in the cover-up of a horse doping scandal. Jones vigorously denied the allegations and sued the Sydney Morning Herald for defamation over its reporting of the allegations. His action failed in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Jones was left with a significant debt.[2][3]

Jones lost ALP pre-selection for the seat prior to the general election of 1984. He ran as an independent candidate against John Price, the endorsed Labor candidate. He finished third in the election with 24% of the vote and was subsequently expelled from the ALP.[2]

He was declared bankrupt in 1985.[2]

Of his brother, Charlie Jones said:"He most certainly did have a very colourful career, but I think he would like to be remembered as the Labor man he was ... Sam was an aggressive man who fought hard for the underdog."[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sam Jones died in the Mater Hospital, Waratah to which he had been admitted after a stroke; he had previously been treated for a brain tumour. A memorial ceremony was held at St Mark's Anglican Church, Islington.[2]

On 30 September 1960 Jones married Patricia Jones. They had a three children. Jones was survived by Patricia and their daughter, Sandra Lea, and one of their sons, John William Jones.[1][2][4]

Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Frank Purdue
Member for Waratah
1965 – 1984
Succeeded by
John Price


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mr Samuel Barry JONES (1923 - 1999)". Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006. New South Wales Parliament. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sam Jones. Politician. 1923 - 1999. (Obituary. Reprinted from The Newcastle Herald)". Sydney Morning Herald. 5 February 1999. p. 31. 
  3. ^ "Appeal over defamation decision is dismissed". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 19 March 1986. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  4. ^ Government of New South Wales. Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Index of Registers of Marriages. (database online). 29423/1960 Islington. JONES, Samuel Barry; JONES, Patricia