Sharon Claydon

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Sharon Claydon
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Newcastle
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Sharon Grierson
Personal details
Born (1964-04-26) 26 April 1964 (age 53)
Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Residence Newcastle
Occupation Anthropologist; Politician

Sharon Catherine Claydon (born 26 April 1964) is an Australian politician. She has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Newcastle in New South Wales, since September 2013.

Early years and background[edit]

The daughter of a Vietnam veteran, Claydon is a fifth generation Novocastrian who was educated at Lambton High School and completed an honours degree in anthropology at Sydney University.[1]


After completing her studies, she worked within remote Aboriginal communities including the Kimberley Region before moving to the disability service sector.[1][2] In 2007 Claydon was elected as a Councillor on Newcastle City Council.[3]

Immediately prior to the 2013 federal election, Claydon worked for the incumbent Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson.[3]


Claydon is currently a patron of the Stockton Historical Society and has served as treasurer of the Newcastle Aboriginal Support Group.[4]


  1. ^ a b Elias, Charles (9 August 2013). "Claydon big on NBN, jobs and education". RADAR. Independent Media Group Pty Limited. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sharon Claydon". EMILY's List Australia. 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "The House of Reps class of 2013". Election Watch 2013. University of Melbourne. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sharon Claydon (Newcastle)". Federal Candidates. NSW Labor. 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Sharon Grierson
Member for Newcastle