Barrie Unsworth

Australian Politician and Premier of New South Wales
Born Apr 16, 1934

Barrie John Unsworth was an Australian politician, representing the Australian Labor Party in the Parliament of New South Wales from 1978 to 1991. He served as the 36th Premier from July 1986 to March 1988.

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1934 Birth Born on April 16, 1934.


1950 16 Years Old Unsworth was initially an Apprentice Electrical Fitter, then Electrical Fitter, Electrical Testing Officer and subsequently Sales Representative for Sydney County Council from 1950 until 1960.
1953 19 Years Old Unsworth had a brief period of military national service between 1953 and 1954 in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).


1961 27 Years Old In 1961, Unsworth became an organiser of the Electrical Trades Union, and continued to build his career in the labour movement and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1966 to attend Harvard University, Trade Union Program.


1974 40 Years Old Unsworth was an Australian delegate to His Royal Highness of Duke of Edinburgh Study Conference, Oxford University in 1974 … Read More
1978 44 Years Old Unsworth was elected a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1978. … Read More
1979 45 Years Old The following year, he was elected to the Labor Council of NSW and was its elected Secretary from 1979 to 1984.


1986 52 Years Old After the surprise retirement of Premier Neville Wran in May 1986, he became leader of the NSW Labor Party and thus Premier, and was also Minister for Ethnic Affairs and Minister for State Development. As Premiers are required by convention to be members of the Legislative Assembly, Brian Bannon, member for Rockdale, resigned to accept a government job as Chairman of the Homebush States Sport Centre Trust, and Unsworth contested the resulting by-election held on 2 August 1986. … Read More
1988 54 Years Old Unsworth was Premier for two years until the Labor Party's landslide defeat by the Liberals' Nick Greiner in the 1988 elections.
1991 57 Years Old Unsworth did not contest the 1991 election. … Read More
1992 58 Years Old Unsworth was General Manager of 2KY Broadcasters Pty Ltd Racing Radio between 1992-2000. … Read More


1995 61 Years Old Following the election of the Carr Labor Government in 1995, Unsworth was placed on a number of key government and community bodies, including:
2003 69 Years Old 1 More Event
During 2003 - 2008, Unsworth was a Director of Father Chris Riley's charity, Youth off the Streets, that provides crisis care, refuges, schools, drug and alcohol programs to young people in Australia and throughout Asia. … Read More
2008 74 Years Old In 2008 he headed a committee that considered the privatisation of the New South Wales' electricity industry. … Read More
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