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Ernest Wetherell

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Preceded by  Robert Heffron
Succeeded by  Charles Cutler
Preceded by  Mat Davidson
Party  Australian Labor Party
Preceded by  Clarrie Martin
Role  Politician
Premier  Joseph Cahill
Name  Ernest Wetherell

Ernest Wetherell
Premier  Robert Heffron Jack Renshaw
Born  26 March 1893 near Mount Egerton, Colony of Victoria (1893-03-26)
Died  March 31, 1969, Sydney, Australia

Political party  Australian Labor Party

Ernest "Ern" Wetherell (26 March 1893 – 31 March 1969) was an Australian politician and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1949 until 1965. He was a member of the Australian Labor Party and held numerous ministerial positions between 1953 and 1962.


Early life

Wetherell was born in the gold rush town of Mount Egerton, Victoria and was the son of a miner. His father and an elder brother died in mining accidents by the time he was 14. He was educated to elementary level at catholic schools and initially worked in a gold battery at Ballarat. He arrived in Broken Hill in 1911 and worked as a miner until the Australian General Strike of 1917. He later worked as a journalist and editor on left wing newspapers.

State Parliament

After an unsuccessful attempt to win the seat of Sturt as an independent at the 1922 state election, Wetherell became active within the Labor Party and was elected to the parliament as the member for Cobar at the 1949 by-election caused by the death of the sitting Labor member Mat Davidson. He retained the seat at the next 5 elections and retired at the 1965 election.


Wetherell was a member of the governments of Joseph Cahill, Robert Heffron and Jack Renshaw. He was appointed as Minister for Transport in 1953 and between 1956 and 1960 was the Minister for Conservation. From 1960 until his retirement he was the Minister for Education. During his tenure the education reforms known as the Wyndham Scheme were planned, which included an expansion of secondary education from 5 to 6 years and the replacement of the Leaving Certificate by the Higher School Certificate.


Ernest Wetherell Wikipedia

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