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Joseph "Joe" Lamaro (27 July 1895 – 22 May 1951) was an Australian politician.

Born in Redfern to shopkeeper Deico Lamaro and Maria Giuseppa Taranto, Italian migrants, he attended St Joseph's School in Newtown and St Patrick's College in Goulburn before studying at the University of Sydney, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1915 and a Bachelor of Law in 1922. He served in the Australian Imperial Force's 18th Battalion from 1916 to 1917 in the signals unit, seeing action at Ypres and the Somme. He was called to the Bar in 1922 and a member of the first Australian Board of Control from 1924 to 1927. In 1927 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Labor member for Enmore, shifting to Petersham in 1930 and Leichhardt in 1932. Lamaro served as Minister of Justice from 1930 to 1931 and Attorney-General from 1931 to 1932. In 1934 he resigned his seat to contest the federal seat of Watson, but he was unsuccessful and returned to law as a solicitor. He worked in private law firms until 1940 and was recalled to the Bar in 1941; in 1943 he was appointed a Crown Prosecutor and in 1947 a District Court judge.[1] Lamaro died in 1951 at Hay.[2]


  1. McMinn, W G. "Lamaro, Joseph (1895–1951)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. 
  2. "Mr Joseph Lamaro (1895-1951)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. 
Unrecognised parameter
New district Member for Enmore
1927 – 1930
District abolished
New district Member for Petersham
1930 – 1932
Succeeded by
Eric Solomon
Preceded by
Barney Olde
Member for Leichhardt
1932 – 1934
Succeeded by
Claude Matthews
Political offices
Preceded by
John Lee
Minister for Justice
1930 – 1931
Succeeded by
William McKell
Preceded by
Andrew Lysaght
Attorney General of New South Wales
1931 – 1932
Succeeded by
Daniel Levy

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