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Houghton, Hon James Edward Hiram (Jim)

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Birth Date: 13 September 1911 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Death Date: 21 January 1985 (Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: James Houghton and Emily (nee Corscadden)

Family: Mary Auld Shinnie on 24 February 1938, 2 sons, 2 daughters

Education: Humpybong State School; Brisbane Technical College

Religion: Methodist


Qualified Valuer; Bank officer, Commercial Bank of Australia; Self-employed real estate agent, Proston, 1945 to 1960; Auctioneer for pig and cattle sales

Party Positions:

  1. (NP) Secretary, Parliamentary National Party, 1963 - 1972
  2. (NP) Member, Government Party Committees: Mines, Main Roads and Electricity, 1969 - 1971
  3. (NP) Member, Government Committee Inquiring into Consumer Affairs, 1969
  4. (NP) Member, Government Party Committees: Premier's and State Development; Mines and Main Roads; Works and Housing, 1971 - 1972
  5. (NP) Member, Government Party Committees: Mines and Main Roads; Works and Housing; Conservation; Marine and Aboriginal Affairs, 1972 - 1974

Local Government Service: Mayor of Redcliffe, 1955 to 1964

Military Service: Served in AIF, 5th Light Horse and 5th Motor Regiment, from 1939; Served in AIF, as Major 2/12 Battalion (7th Division), New Guinea, 1939 to 1945

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly IND Redcliffe 28 May 1960 2 May 1961
Assembly LIB Redcliffe 2 May 1961 19 Sep 1961
Assembly IND Redcliffe 19 Sep 1961 1 Jan 1962
Assembly CN Redcliffe 1 Jan 1962 7 Aug 1979

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly 29 Oct 1974 4 Jul 1979
Delegate, Constitutional Convention 1973
Temporary Chairman of Committees 1969 1972
Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South East Asia 1968
Member, Parliamentary Library Committee 1967 1971

Additional Information

Notes: Interests include rugby league, fishing, bowls and trotting; Life Member: Lions International; Redcliffe Trotting Club; and Redcliffe Fishing Club; Member, REIQ Board;. Member: QATB; Consumer Protection Committee; Constitution Reform Committee, RSL, Redcliffe Rowing Club, Scarborough Fishing Club; Scarborough Bowling Club, and United Services Club; Trustee: Incapacitated Soldiers Association; and Returned Solders SAILA

Sources: Image sourced from the collection of the Queensland Parliamentary Library and Research Service; Waterson, DB and John Arnold, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1930-1980, (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982)

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