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RE-MEMBER (FORMER MEMBERS)
Maurice McCrae Blackburn
- 19 November 1880 (Inglewood, Victoria)
- 31 March 1944
- Maurice, bank manager, and Thomasina Cole McCrae
Marital Status: 10 Dec 1914 Doris Amelia Hordern; 2s. 1d.
Wife Doris was a prominent social reformer and politician; served in the Commonwealth House of Representatives 1946-1949, the second woman after Enid Lyons to do so; prominent socialist and member of the Labor party.
- Toorak Grammar School, Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne University, BA 1906, LLB 1909
Barrister and solicitor
Office boy in legal firm 1896-1902, paid for university course by working as teacher and librarian; called to bar 1910; founded Maurice Blackburn & Company 1922, dealing mainly in trade union law, in partnership with William Slater (q.v.) 1923-1924; involved in anti-sweating movement; Victorian Socialist Party member, edited the Socialist 1911-1913; editor Labor Call 1918-1920; active Movement Against War and Fascism 1935-1937; president Australian Council for Civil Liberties 1940.
- Australian Labor Party
|Legislative Assembly||Essendon||1 July 1914||1 October 1917||By-election, Defeated|
|Legislative Assembly||Fitzroy||1 February 1925||1 March 1927||By-election|
|Legislative Assembly||Clifton Hill||1 April 1927||1 August 1934||Resigned|
*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.
- Inaugural Speech
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography 7; Rasmussen, C., 'Labor Politics in Coburg 1919-1940', MA thesis, Melbourne University, 1978; Rawson, D. W., 'The Organisation of the Australian Labor Party, 1916-41', PhD thesis, Melbourne University, 1954.
Data Source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last updated: 2nd April 2019