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PEAD, James Harold

Service Details

Branch of Service: Air Force
Conflict: World War II
Date of Enlistment: 05/08/1942
Date of Discharge: 30/04/1946
Place of Enlistment: Sydney NSW

Personal Details

Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 03/04/1924
Place of Birth: Haberfield NSW
Address (at enlistment): Howitt Street, Kingston ACT
School(s) Attended: St. Christopher's School (Manuka)
Next of Kin: Stanley Pead (father), Howitt Street, Kingston ACT

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number: 68441
Final Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Final Unit: Station HQ Richmond

Awards and Honours

Order of the British Empire (OBE)


Jim Pead arrived in Canberra as a small child when his father began working on the construction of the provisional Parliament House. After the war he studied at the Canberra University College and worked for the Department of External Affairs. He later opened a supermarket in Yarralumla.

Pead served as a member of the ACT Advisory Council for 20 years and was its elected Chairman between 1964 and 1974. He became the first President of the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1974 and served in that role until 1984. He served on various bodies such as the ACT Electricity Authority, both the Canberra and Woden Valley hospitals and was chairman of the Canberra Commercial Development Authority which built the Belconnen Mall. He was made a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1972. After retiring in 1986 he moved to Queensland where he died on 15 November 2009. A State Funeral was held at St. Christopher's Cathedral in his honour.

The image is from the collection of the ACT Heritage Library taken on 25 November 1978 at Yarralumla and probably relates to the referendum on self-government for the ACT.


WWII Nominal Roll http://www.ww2roll.gov.au
ACT Electoral Rolls 1916 to 1967 http://canberraheritageportal.org/default.php
Jan Clark-Walker, 'Early Memories of St. Christopher's School, Manuka', Canberra Historical Journal, CDHS (March 1998)
The Canberra Times - 19 July 1943
ACT Heritage Library - Image reference no. 003010
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