Thomas Williams (Australian politician)

Thomas Francis Williams (7 April 1897 1992) was an Australian politician.

Thomas Williams
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Robertson
In office
21 August 1943  10 December 1949
Preceded byEric Spooner
Succeeded byRoger Dean
Personal details
Born(1897-04-07)7 April 1897
Young, New South Wales
Died1992 (aged 9495)
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

Born in Young, New South Wales, Williams was educated at Catholic schools and then the University of Sydney, becoming a barrister in 1923.

In 1943 Williams gained Australian Labor Party (ALP) pre-selection for the Australian House of Representatives electorate of Robertson and defeated sitting United Australia Party (UAP) member Eric Spooner at the 1943 federal election.

Following the death in office of Prime Minister John Curtin on 5 July 1945, Williams urged that the caucus leadership ballot should be deferred until the return of H.V. Evatt from overseas, whom Williams described as "the biggest man in political life in Australia".[1] Instead, the caucus elected Ben Chifley as leader of the ALP parliamentary leader (and thus Prime Minister).

Williams held the seat of Robertson until the 1949 federal election, when he was defeated by Liberal Party of Australia candidate Roger Dean. Williams returned to law and died in 1992.[2]


  • Abjorensen, N. (2016) The Manner of Their Going, Australian Scholarly Publishing: Kew. ISBN 978 1 925333 21 3.


  1. Abjorensen, p. 120.
  2. Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Eric Spooner
Member for Robertson
1943 1949
Succeeded by
Roger Dean

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