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Jack Renshaw Bridge & Plaque : July 2014
Jack Renshaw Bridge & Plaque : July 2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / Sandra Brown
The plaque and bridge honour Jack Renshaw (1909-1987) a former local councillor for Coonabarabran, State Member for Castlereagh and Premier of New South Wales.

The construction of the bridge was financed by the Federal Government as part of a nationwide road development program to celebrate Australia`s bicentneary in 1988.  

The Renshaw ministry was the 61st ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 31st Premier, the Honourable Jack Renshaw, MLA, of the Australian Labor Party. The ministry was the only occasion when the Government was led by Renshaw, as Premier. This ministry covers the period from 30 April 1964 until 13 May 1965.

Renshaw was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1941 and served continuously up until 1980, representing the seat of Castlereagh. Having served as the Secretary for Lands in the third McGirr ministry, Renshaw was promoted as the Secretary for Public Works and Minister for Local Government in the first and second Cahill ministries. He then served as the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Highways in the third and fourth Cahill ministries. When Bob Heffron became Premier in 1959, Renshaw was elected as his Deputy, serving variously as the Treasurer, the Minister for Lands, the Minister for Agriculture, and the Minister for Industrial Development and Decentralisation in the first and second Heffron ministries. When Heffron resigned as Labor Leader in April 1964, Renshaw was elected to lead Labor and became Premier.

 

Location

Address:Newell Highway, Gilgandra, 2827
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.712976
Long: 148.666455
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 9th September, 1987
Front Inscription

CASTLEREAGH RIVER
JACK RENSHAW BRIDGE

Plaque:
THE HON J B RENSHAW AC
1909 - 1987
A GREAT AUSTRALIAN
1937-1940  MEMBER, COONABARABRAN  
                    SHIRE COUNCIL
1939-1940  PRESIDENT, COONABARABRAN 
                   SHIRE COUNCIL
1941-1980  STATE MEMBER FOR CASTLEREAGH
1950           MINISTER FOR LANDS
1952           MINISTER FOR PUBLIC WORKS 
                   AND ASST. MINISTER FOR 
                   LOCAL GOVERNMENT
1953-1956  MINISTER FOR PUBLIC WORKS  
                   AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
1956-1959  MINISTER FOR LOCAL 
                   GOVERNMENT AND HIGHWAYS
1959-1965  N.S.W.TREASURER
1962-1964  DEPUTY PREMIER, MINISTER 
                   FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT 
                   AND DECENTRALISATION
1964-1965  PREMIER OF N.S.W.
1965-1968  OPPOSITION LEADER N.S.W.
1976-1980  N.S.W. TREASURER
1980 -1983 N.S.W. AGENT-GENERAL 
                   IN LONDON


Plaque:
JACK RENSHAW BRIDGE
            Opened By
THE HON. L.J.BRERETON, M.P.
Minister For Public Works And Ports And
Minister For Road, New South Wales 
                  On 
9 SEPTEMBER, 1987

Construction Of The Bridge Was Financed By The Federal
Government As Part Of A Nationwide Road Development Program
To Celebrate Australia`s Bicentenary In 1988.

Bernard Fisk, Commissioner For Main Roads, New South Wales.


                 
         


                  



 

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