Tom Aikens (politician)

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Tom Aikens
Townsville politician Tom Aikens.jpg
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Mundingburra
In office
15 April 1944 – 28 May 1960
Preceded by John Dash
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Townsville South
In office
28 May 1960 – 12 November 1977
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Alex Wilson
Personal details
Born Thomas Aikens
(1900-04-29)29 April 1900
Hughenden, Queensland, Australia
Died 30 November 1985(1985-11-30) (aged 85)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party North Queensland Labor Party
Spouse(s) Margaret Ann Myers
Occupation Engine driver

Thomas Aikens (29 April 1900 – 30 November 1985) was a politician in Queensland, Australia. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Politics[edit]

Aikens was a member of the Cloncurry Shire Council from 1924 to 1930, being deputy chairman 1927 to 1930, from 1936 to 1949 he was an alderman of the City of Townsville, being deputy mayor from 1939 to 1944.[1]

Senior Cadet Tom Aikens, Charters Towers, 1916 Tom Aikens in Senior Cadet uniform

Initially, Aikens was a member of the Labor Party, being secretary of the Cloncurry branch from 1933 to 1940, he was also the founder of their branch at Hermit Park.[1] However, his Soviet sympathies caused him to be expelled from the party in 1940; the Hermit Park branch was also expelled from the Labor party in 1941 for the same reasons. The branch responded by forming its own political party, the North Queensland Labor Party (NQLP).[1]

Aikens contested the 1944 state election in the seat of Mundingburra as an NQLP and was elected on 15 April. Effectively an independent (being the only member of his party in the parliament), he retained the seat in the elections of 1947, 1950, 1953, 1956 and 1957. An electoral redistribution abolished the seat of Mundingburra in 1959 so Aikens successfully contested the seat of Townsville South instead in the 1960 election held on 28 May, he retained that seat through the state elections of 1963, 1966, 1969, 1972 and 1974. On 12 November 1977 he was defeated in the 1977 election by Labor candidate, Alex Wilson.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
John Dash
Member for Mundingburra
1944–1960
Abolished
New seat Member for Townsville South
1960–1977
Succeeded by
Alex Wilson