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Smith, Alfred James (Norm)

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Birth Date: 23 March 1901 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date: 9 July 1983 (Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Harry Smith and Emma (nee Elms)

Family: Emma Kryestine Jensen on 10 February 1927, 2 sons, 1 daughter

Education: Schools in Richmond and Etheridge, and many other places; Holds tickets in electricity, diesel and refrigeration mechanics


Aquired father's business: Hotel, Star Theatre, ice works, 1934; Franchise for electricity supply, 1930-1954; Research chemist's assistant, 1932; Own business, Mount Isa, 1930; Truck driver, materials carter etc, Mount Isa Mines, 1924; Mail carrier with father, Selwyn-Boulia; Assistant tapper, Kuridala Copper Smelter (closed in 1918)

Local Government Service: Councillor, Cloncurry Shire, 1935-1945

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Carpentaria 29 Mar 1941 26 Apr 1957
Assembly QLP Carpentaria 26 Apr 1957 28 May 1960

Additional Information

Notes: Mr Smith moved to Mount Isa in 1923. Founder, Mount Isa Branch of the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemen's Association, 1926. Committee Member, Australian Workers' Union, Mount Isa, 1929. Member: Mount Isa Hospital Board; State School Committee; and May Day Committee. As his father was a navvy with the railways, the family moved many times. Mr Smith attended 15 different schools and the longest he attended any single school was 12 months. During this time he never missed a day or arrived late for class. At his funeral in Mount Isa, a police escort led almost 100 cars in a procession to the Sunset Lawn Cemetery. President, Copper Gougers Association of North-west Queensland until the day he died

Sources: The North West Star, 'Hundreds pay last respects', 13 Jul 1983; The North West Star, 'Hard in the early days? Hogwash!', 23 Aug 1973, p.8

[Last Modified: Tuesday, 8 August 2017]