Jack Ferguson

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Jack Ferguson
9th Deputy Premier of New South Wales
In office
14 May 1976 – 10 February 1984
PremierNeville Wran
Preceded byLeon Punch
Succeeded byRon Mulock
ConstituencyMerrylands
Fairfield
Personal details
Born4 September 1924
Died17 September 2002
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
 
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Jack Ferguson
9th Deputy Premier of New South Wales
In office
14 May 1976 – 10 February 1984
PremierNeville Wran
Preceded byLeon Punch
Succeeded byRon Mulock
ConstituencyMerrylands
Fairfield
Personal details
Born4 September 1924
Died17 September 2002
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

Laurie John (Jack) Ferguson (4 September 1924 – 17 September 2002) was an Australian politician and member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Early life

Ferguson was born in the inner Sydney suburb of Zetland and was educated at Granville Convent and Marist Brothers, Parramatta. He worked as a farmhand, textile worker, builder's labourer and bricklayer and was an organiser for the Building Workers Industrial Union. He served in the Second Australian Imperial Force from 1942 to 1946. He was an alderman on Parramatta Council from 1954 to 1959, and Deputy Mayor in 1959. He married Mary Ellen Bett and they had three sons (Laurie Ferguson, Martin Ferguson and Andrew Ferguson) and two daughters.[1]

Political career

Ferguson was the member for Merrylands from March 1959 to 1962 and 1968 to 5 March 1984. From 1962 to 1968, he was member for Fairfield. A member of the Australian Labor Party's left wing, he was best known as Deputy Premier and Minister for Public Works and Minister for Ports, from May 1976 until February 1984, in the cabinet headed by Neville Wran. He was also Minister for Housing from May 1976 to February 1977.[1]

Ferguson died in Sydney.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leon Punch
Deputy Premier of New South Wales
1976–84
Succeeded by
Ron Mulock
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Merrylands
1959–62
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Clarrie Earl
Member for Fairfield
1962–68
Succeeded by
Eric Bedford
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Merrylands
1968–84
Succeeded by
Geoff Irwin