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Thomas Nevitt

The Hon
Thomas Nevitt
Thomas Nevitt, March 1932
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Carpentaria
In office
18 May 1907 – 27 April 1912
Preceded by James Forsyth
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
19 February 1920 – 23 March 1922
Personal details
Born Thomas Nevitt
May 1864
Crewe, Cheshire, England
Died 13 September 1932 (aged 68)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Martyn St Cemetery
Nationality English Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Sabina Naughton (m.1887 d.1934)
Occupation Wardsman, overseer, visiting justice
Religion Church of England

Thomas Nevitt (May 1864 – 13 September 1932) was a member of both the Queensland Legislative Council and Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]

Nevitt was born at Crewe, Cheshire, to James Nevitt and his wife Ellen (née Warburton) and was educated in Crewe Green and St. Paul's Church schools, Crewe.[1] He began his working life as a railway fitter in England before moving to Queensland around 1884.[2] He worked as a hospital wardsman in Normanton for twenty years from 1887, was overseer, Townsville Quarantine Station from 1912 until 1917,[1] and Visiting Justice at St Helena Prison and other centres throughout the state[2] from 1923 to 1930.[1]

Political career

Nevitt entered the Queensland Parliament at the 1907 state election.[2] Standing as the Labour[1] candidate for the seat of Carpentaria, he defeated the sitting member, James Forsyth.[3] He held the seat for five years until it was abolished in 1912.[2]

When the Labour Party starting forming governments in Queensland, it found much of its legislation being blocked by a hostile Council, where members had been appointed for life by successive conservative governments. After a failed referendum in May 1917,[4] Premier Ryan tried a new tactic, and later that year advised the Governor, Sir Hamilton John Goold-Adams, to appoint thirteen new members whose allegiance lay with Labour to the Council.[5]

Nevitt was one of the thirteen new members, and went on to serve for four and a half years until the Council was abolished in March 1922.[1] From 17 November 1920 he was also the Chairman of Committees.[1]

Personal life

Nevitt married Sabina Naughton in 1887 and together had 3 sons.[1] He retired in March 1932. About July 1932, he travelled to Cairns where he died in a private hospital in September 1932.[2][6][7] His funeral was held at St John's Church, Cairns and proceeded to the Martyn St Cemetery.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Former Members".  
  2. ^ a b c d e "OBITUARY HON. THOMAS NEVITT.".  
  4. ^ "TWO HOUSES, NOT ONE.".  
  5. ^ Goold-Adams, Sir Hamilton John (1858–1920) – Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Family Notices.".  
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
James Forsyth
Member for Carpentaria
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