Jack Ferguson (A Deputy Premier)
Jack Ferguson (A Deputy Premier) -

Jack Ferguson was born in the inner Sydney suburb of Zetland and was educated at Granville Convent and Marist Brothers, Parramatta. He worked as a farmhand, textile worker, builder's labourer and bricklayer and was an organiser for the Building Workers Industrial Union. He served in the Second Australian Imperial Force from 1942 to 1946. He was an alderman on Parramatta Council from 1954 to 1959, and Deputy Mayor in 1959. He married Mary Ellen Bett and they had three sons (Laurie Ferguson, Martin Ferguson and Andrew Ferguson) and two daughters.

Ferguson was the member for Merrylands from March 1959 to 1962 and 1968 to 5 March 1984. From 1962 to 1968, he was member for Fairfield. A member of the Australian Labor Party's left wing, he was best known as Deputy Premier and Minister for Public Works and Minister for Ports, from May 1976 until February 1984, in the cabinet headed by Neville Wran. He was also Minister for Housing from May 1976 to February 1977.

The State Government Office block in George street Parramatta in named after him. Turned down a state funeral because he argued it would be “a complete waste of taxpayer’s money”. Died of mesothelioma (asbestiosis), contracted as a young building worker. Source: Wikipedia and Workers Online