Collection 2013/1 - Bacon Collection

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Bacon Collection


  • c1996-2004 (Creation)

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17 archive boxes

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(15 May 1950 – 20 June 2004)

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James Alexander (Jim) Bacon (1950-2004), union official and politician, was born in Melbourne and educated at Scotch College. He worked as a union official for the Builders' Labourers Federation in Victoria and the Pilbara, before moving to Tasmania as state secretary of the Tasmanian branch, 1980-89. From 1989 to 1995, Bacon was secretary of the Tasmanian Trades and Labor Council. Gaining a massive vote, in 1996 Bacon was elected to the House of Assembly. He took over from Michael Field as Labor leader in 1997, and led the Party to successive electoral victories in 1998 and 2002. In 2004 he was Premier and Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage as well as Minister for the Arts. Under Bacon, Tasmania experienced stable government and economic prosperity. He resigned in 2004 due to ill-health. For more information see :

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donated by Jim Bacons wife - Honey Bacon

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Collection consists of ephemeral material collected by Jim Bacon during his time as Premier of Tasmania

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available for consultation

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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