Post by Marpleg A-boynt on Apr 5, 2007 23:08:36 GMT -5
Born in Sydney in 1921, Tom Uren aspired to be a professional boxer. WWII put paid to that idea, where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese whilst fighting in Timor.
He beat the odds by surviving the horrors of the Burma-Thai railway, and also survived the war, to become a Manager at Woolworths. He joined the ALP (Australian Labor Party) and entered Federal Parliament in 1958.
He served in two separate Labor Governments in the 70's and 80's. He was awarded on OA in 1993.
Well, we were a mixture. The Uren name is a Cornish name. It comes from Penzance in Cornwall but my grandmother, my father's mother, was part-Jewess and her mother was a Jewess and her father was a Wellard, an Englishman. On my mother's side, they were both Scottish. The McCouats and the Millers.