Mr Rex Frederick JACKSON (7 Oct 1928 – 31 December 2011)
by Ian Piggott – 21 April 2013 – originally appeared on http://helensburgh.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/otford-tunnel-closed/ – 02 January 2012
Rex Jackson, one of Australia’s most controversial politicians, has died on the New South Wales south coast at the age of 83 .
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Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Foundation member of Helensburgh branch, delegate to Bulli state electorate council, secretary of parliamentary party. Resigned in August 1986.
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Railway employee. Educated at Harefield Public School and Junee and Sutherland High Schools; clerk from 1953 was an assistant general manager at Marchants and Company, printers; member of Federated Clerks’ Union; trustee and president of the Bulli Pass Scenic Reserves; chairman of Royal National Park Advisory park committee; delegate to Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference in Trinidad in 1969; fire patrol officer, secretary of Waterfall Bushfire Brigade. Former professional boxer.
Eldest son of Patrick Penasus Jackson, railway fettler, and his wife Olive Griffith. Married Irene Sneyd on 5 November 1959 at Helensburgh, and had no issue. Church of England. In 1983 there were allegations that Jackson had accepted payments in return for granting early release to certain prisoners; in October of that year Jackson resigned from the Ministry for misleading Parliament over these allegations of corruption. A special commission of inquiry was set up which reported in July 1984 that Jackson be charged and he was subsequently convicted and imprisoned.Images/Photos, and Article © Ian Piggott 2013 – all rights reserved, Resources and Acknowledgments