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Sherrington, Douglas John

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Birth Date: 7 December 1914 (Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date: 25 March 1999 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Thomas Duncan Sherrington and Jane Anderson (nee Fergus)

Family: Edith Etta Grummett on 26 October 1940, 1 son, 2 daughters

Education: Booyal Central State School; Booyal Provisional School; Junction Park State School; Central Technical College

Religion: Presbyterian


Junior clerk and trainee accountant; Electrical worker, Brisbane City Council and Kangaroo Point shipyards; Shop steward and conference delegate, Electrical Trades Union; Truck attendant, Brisbane City Council; Dilutee electrical mechanic, Electricity Department, Brisbane City Council, 1950

Party Positions:

  1. (ALP) Secretary, Queensland Parliamentary Labor Party, 1969 - 1971

Military Service: WWII electrical worker on warships and seconded to American Small Ships Section, 1942

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Salisbury 28 May 1960 7 Dec 1974 Did not contest

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and Consumer Affairs, Mining and Main Roads, and Aboriginal Affairs
Opposition Whip 1971 1975

Additional Information

Notes: Keen antiques collector. He was also an outspoken advocate for the environment before it became a major movement. In the parliament he fought to save Cooloola, the Great Barrier Reef and Southwood National Park. He fought against water pollution and soil degradation. He wrote the first draft of the first Labor Party conservation policy. President, Save the Trees, 1950 to 1960. Member: Queensland Littoral Society; National Parks Association; and Victorian Bird Observers Club. Honorary Life Member, Noosa Parks Development Association. Associate Member (by invitation), British Naturalists Society

Publications: Grandad was a Go-wy-cus, Sherrington, Douglas John & Sherrington, John Fergus, 2005, edited by John Sherrington, Gold Coast, Qld.

Sources: Waterson, DB and John Arnold, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1930-1980, (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982); Hughes, Colin A, Images and Issues: the Queensland State Elections of 1963 and 1966 (Canberra: ANU Press, 1969)

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