Ley, Thomas John

Self-made politician whose opponents mysteriously disappeared.

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Born
Bath, Somerset, England
28 Oct 1880
Arrived Sydney
1886
Departed Sydney
1928
Died
Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Berkshire, England
24 Jul 1947
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Spouse
1898 - 1947

Ley, Thomas John

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English-born Thomas Ley came to Sydney as a child, and despite little formal education, became a solicitor in 1914, and a National Party member of the Legislative Assembly in 1917. He was minister for justice 1922-25. In the late twenties, a number of his opponents disappeared without trace. After an election defeat, Ley left for England, where in 1947 he was found guilty of murder and imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane.