Thomas Bakhap

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Thomas Bakhap
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Senator for Tasmania
In office
1 July 1913 – 18 August 1923
Succeeded by John Hayes
Personal details
Born (1866-10-29)29 October 1866
Ballaarat, Victoria
Died 18 August 1923(1923-08-18) (aged 56)
Political party Liberal (1913–17)
Nationalist (1917–23)

Thomas Jerome Kingston Bakhap (29 October 1866 – 18 August 1923) was an Australian politician. He was born in Ballaarat, Victoria, the adoptive son of a Chinese immigrant, Bak Hap.[1] He received no formal education but became a shopworker, and was later a tin miner at Lottah, Tasmania. In 1909, he was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Bass. In 1913, he transferred to federal politics, winning a Tasmanian Senate seat as a member of the Commonwealth Liberal Party. He was Chairman of Committees from July 1920 to June 1923.[2] Bakhap died in August 1923; John Hayes was appointed to replace him.[3] Bakhap was fluent in Chinese. He advocated for the Chinese community when Chinese Australians encountered problems arising from the application of the White Australia Policy. He visited China in 1922.[4]


  1. ^ National Museum of Australia: Harvest of Endurance Scroll – Thomas Jerome Bakhap
  2. ^ "Appendix 3―Deputy Presidents and Chairmen of Committees (1901–2009)". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  4. ^ The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins, James Jupp, Cambridge University Press, 2001