Thomas Henley

Sir Thomas Henley KBE (4 February 1860 – 14 May 1935) was an Australian politician, elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Henley was born in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire basketball uniforms youth, England and after basic education worked in the building industry for about ten years until he migrated to Sydney in about 1884. He married Charlotte Smith in 1886. He became a property developer and continued to build up his business during the depression of the 1890s, including acquiring Sydney Harbour ferry companies. He was an alderman for Drummoyne Council from 1898 to 1934, including four periods as Mayor.

Henley was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1904 representing Burwood as a member of the Liberal Reform Party, Liberal Party imusa lime squeezer, Nationalist Party and United Australia Party until 1935, except for the period of proportional representation (1920–1927), when he was a member for Ryde reusable drink bottles. He had a forthright parliamentary style, boasting of his own success and the merits of hard work. Opponents called him the “great ‘I am”.

Henley fell from a Manly ferry and drowned on 14 May 1935 amid rumours of suicide. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and a son Herbert, who was a member of the Legislative Council from 1937 to 1964.