Harry Jensen

Henry Frederick Jensen AO, (12 July 1913 – 27 August 1998) was an Australian ALP politician, who served as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1965 until 1981. He was also Lord Mayor of Sydney from 1957 until 1965.

Harry Jensen

71st Lord Mayor of Sydney
In office
1 December 1956 – 3 December 1965
Preceded byPat Hills
Succeeded byJohn Armstrong
Personal details
Born(1913-07-12)12 July 1913
Newtown, New South Wales, Australia
Died27 August 1998(1998-08-27) (aged 85)
Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor Party

Born in Newtown, New South Wales, Jensen was educated at Gardiners Road Public School, Marist Brothers High School in Darlinghurst, and St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill. He joined the Labor Party in 1929. He worked as an electrician and became an organiser within the Australian Electrical Trades Union and a delegate to the Australian Trades and Labor Council. He subsequently established his own electrical contracting business and later worked in footwear distribution.

He served as an alderman on Randwick Municipal Council from 1950 until 1956, including Mayor of Randwick from 1954. He was an alderman on Sydney City Council from 1956 until 1965, and Lord Mayor of Sydney from 1957 until 1965.

He entered the New South Wales Legislative Assembly at the 1965 state election, as member for Wyong, which he represented until October 1973. He was re-elected in November 1973 as the representative for Munmorah, a seat he occupied until 28 August 1981.[1]

From 1976 until 1981, Jensen held various ministerial positions in the cabinet of Premier Neville Wran. He died in Randwick, New South Wales.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Hon. (Harry) Henry Frederick Jensen (1913-1998)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 May 2019.


Civic offices
Preceded by
Matthew Dwyer
Mayor of Randwick
Succeeded by
Lionel Bowen
Preceded by
Pat Hills
Lord Mayor of Sydney
1956 – 1965
Succeeded by
John Armstrong
Government offices
Preceded by
Reginald Arthur Triggs
Chairman of the Sydney County Council
1954 – 1955
Succeeded by
Ernest Charles O'Dea
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Ray Maher
Member for Wyong
1965 – 1973
District abolished
New district Member for Munmorah
1973 – 1981
District abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Lewis
Minister for Local Government
1976 – 1981
Succeeded by
Lin Gordon
Preceded by
Sir John Fuller
as Minister for Planning and Environment
Minister for Planning
Succeeded by
Paul Landa
as Minister for Planning and Environment
Preceded by
Peter Cox
as Minister for Highways
Minister for Roads
1978 – 1981
Succeeded by
Paul Whelan