Aikens, Thomas (Tom) (1900-1985)

Hunt, D.W. (2007) Aikens, Thomas (Tom) (1900-1985). In: Langmore , Di, (ed.) Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 7-8.

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AIKENS, THOMAS (1900-1985), politician, was born on 28 April 1900 at Hughenden station, Queensland, second of three children of John Aikens, an itinerant labourer, and his wife Emily, née Wilkinson, both born in Queensland. After Tom’s father deserted the family in 1904, his mother moved with the children to Charters Towers, where she took in washing. In 1910 she went west to work in hotels, returning to visit each Christmas. Tom lodged with a friend and attended local state primary and high schools. He started work in 1915, first with the post office, and then as a roustabout in the Julia Creek area. In January 1916 he joined Queensland Railways at Cloncurry as a locomotive cleaner. He progressed to fireman and, in 1925, to engine driver. On 16 February 1921 at St Andrew’s Church of England, Cloncurry, he married Margaret Ann Myers, a barmaid.

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