History Resources - Members of Parliament

James Alexander Bacon

James Alexander Bacon

Surname: BACON

Given Names: James Alexander

Title and Honours: Mr


Date and Place of Birth: 15 May 1950 - Melbourne, Victoria

Date of Death: 20 June 2004 - Hobart, Tasmania



House of Assembly: 24 February 1996

Electorate: Denison

Party: ALP

Positions Held: Opposition Leader 1997-98; Premier 14 September 1998 - 21 March 2004

Date of Departure: 21 March 2004

Reason for Departure: Ill health (lung cancer).

Inaugural Speech (7 May 1996)


Highest vote ever in Denison - 21,391 (35.3%) in 2002. Attended school in Victoria with former Vic Premier Jeff Kennett. Diagnosed with lung cancer on Friday 13 February 2004 after many years as a smoker. Became staunch anti-smoking advocate although continuing himself.

Appreciation motion in HA 20 April 2004; LC 18 May 2004.

Condolence motion in LC 22 June 2004; HA 24 August 2004.

State Funeral 24 June 2004 at Federation Concert Hall.

House of Assembly Long Room Picture: 700

House of Assembly Long Room Picture Number indicates each Member's position in the photographic record.

Source: Parliament of Tasmania Members Biographical Database, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

Additional Reference Material:

A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics, 1890-1964 [by] Colin A. Hughes and B. D. Graham. Canberra, ANU Press, 1968. Biographical Register of the Tasmanian Parliament, 1851-1960 / Scott Bennett and Barbara Bennett. Canberra : ANU, 1980.