Back to previous page

Image of Thomas Tunnecliffe

Thomas Tunnecliffe

13 July 1869 (Ascot, Victoria)
02 February 1948
John, bootmaker, b. Eng , and Sarah Thompson, b. Ireland

Marital Status: (1) 1907 Bertha Bishop, (2) c1912 Bertha Louise Gross, 1s. 1d.

State schools and Workingmen's College

Bootmaker, union official and publicist

Family moved to Newlyn, then Dean, Clunes and Ballarat, bootmaker after settling at North Melbourne1886, delegate International Socialist Congress, Sydney 1888, 1900, president Knights of Labor, treasurer and co-founder with F. Anstey (q.v.) Vic. Labour Fed. 1898, a founder and chairman of Tocsin, founding member Victorian Socialist Party 1905, president Trades Hall Council and Bootmakers Union, secretary Vic. Public Service Association 1920-1924, president North Melbourne Australian Natives Association, chairman Yarra Bend National Park, noted public speaker and contributor to Tocsin, Labor Call, Stead's Review, Ross's Monthly, edited Vic. Public Service Journal 1920-1924 and Stead's Review 1925-1927


Australian Labor Party
HouseElectorateStart End
Legislative AssemblyWest Melbourne1 December 19031 May 1904By-election, Seat abolished
Legislative AssemblyEaglehawk1 March 19071 September 1920Defeated
Legislative AssemblyCollingwood1 August 19211 August 1947Resigned

*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
Who's Who in Australia 1927-1947; Victoria, 'Parliamentary Debates' 27 Apr 1948, 669-72; Tocsin 29 Mar 1906; Melbourne Punch 9 Dec 1920; Herald 25 July 1924; Labor Call 28 Aug 1924, 6 Feb 1948; Table Talk 18 Aug 1927; Geelong Advertiser 11 Feb 1928; Age 3 Feb 1948; 'Recorder' No.82 June 1976; Brennan, N., 'John Wren, Gambler', Melbourne, 1971; Louis, L., 'Trade Unions and the Depression', Canberra, 1968; Merrifield Collection, State Library of Victoria; Paul, J. B., 'The Premiership of Sir Albert Dunstan', MA thesis, Melbourne University, 1960; Tunnecliffe papers, State Library of Victoria; White, K. B., 'John Cain and Victorian Labor 1917-57', Sydney, 1982.

Last updated: 28th August 2019