James Dooley (Australian politician)

James Dooley (Australian politician)

Infobox Officeholder
honorific-prefix =
name = James Dooley
honorific-suffix =

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caption =
order = 21st
office = Premier of New South Wales
term_start = October 5, 1921
term_end = December 20, 1921
deputy =
predecessor = John Storey
successor = Sir George Fuller
constituency =
term_start2 = December 20, 1921
term_end2 = April 13, 1922
deputy2 =
predecessor2 = Sir George Fuller
successor2 = Sir George Fuller
constituency2 = Hartley
birth_date = birth date|1877|4|26
birth_place = County Longford, Ireland, UK
death_date = death date and age|1950|1|2|1877|4|26
death_place = New South Wales, Australia
restingplace =
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birthname = James Thomas Dooley
nationality =
party = Australian Labor Party
spouse = Kate Rodé Trundle

James Thomas Dooley (26 April 18772 January 1950) served twice, briefly, as Premier of New South Wales during the early 1920s.

Early years

Born in Longford, Ireland, he arrived in Brisbane, Australia at the age of 8, where he attended a state school before commencing work as a draper's assistant at twelve and was later apprenticed to a tailor. He attended evening classes and joined the college's literary and debating society and the Australian Labor Party. In about 1901, he worked at Cobar and other outback New South Wales before settling in Lithgow, New South Wales and marrying Kate Rodé Trundle in 1905.cite web
title =Dooley, James Thomas (1877 - 1950)
publisher =Australian National University
work=Australian Dictionary of Biography
url =http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A080348b.htm
accessdate = 2007-02-19

Parliamentary career

In 1907, he was elected to the seat of Hartley in the Legislative Assembly and was its youngest member at the time. From 1920 to 1927 he represented Bathurst.cite web
title =Mr James Thomas Dooley (1877 - 1950)
work =Members of Parliament
publisher =Parliament of New South Wales
url =http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/members.nsf/1fb6ebed995667c2ca256ea100825164/9d62436d32db048cca256cb70015cbe2!OpenDocument
accessdate = 2007-02-19
] On the expulsion of Premier William Holman and others from the Labor Party on the conscription issue in November 1917, Dooley became deputy party leader to Ernest Durack. When Durack resigned in February 1917, John Storey became party leader and Dooley stayed on as leader. Labor won the 1920 election with a majority of one and he was appointed Colonial Secretary (including responsibility for state enterprises and the police) and Minister for Housing from April 1920 to October 1921. Dooley acted as Premier during Storey's six-month trip to England (January-July 1921) and when Dooley was sick. He became Premier on Storey's death in October 1921. His government was defeated on the floor of the House on 13 December 1921, but new Premier George Fuller, lost a vote within seven hours of his appointment, and Dooley regained power. He lost a highly sectarian election campaign to Fuller in April 1922.

As the result of a dispute with a party executive, dominated by the Australian Workers' Union, he was expelled from the party in February 1923, but reinstated by the federal party executive shortly later. In August 1923, he resigned and Jack Lang became leader. During the 1925-27 Lang Government Dooley served as Speaker. Afterwards he fell out with the Labor leadership, lost Labor preselection for Bathurst, and stood unsuccessfully as an Independent Labor candidate for the Senate in the 1931 federal election and for Hartley in the 1932 State election, which swept Lang from office. He also ran unsuccessfully against Billy Hughes in North Sydney in 1940. His first wife died in 1936, and he married Irene Mary Kenney in 1946. He owned two Lithgow hotels during his later years.


NAME=Dooley, James
SHORT DESCRIPTION=New South Wales politician and Premier
DATE OF BIRTH= 26 April 1877
PLACE OF BIRTH= Carrick Crean, Longford, Ireland
DATE OF DEATH= 2 January 1950
PLACE OF DEATH= Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia

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