contact Representative Sharon Claydon of New South Wales

Sharon Catherine Claydon is an Australian politician and has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Newcastle in New South Wales, since September 2013. Claydon was born on 26 April 1964 in Camperdown, New South Wales. Her father Kevin was an Australian Army soldier, and she attended school at Holsworthy Barracks. After leaving school, Claydon enrolled at the University of Sydney as an arts and law student. She left after two years to work as a gardener, jillaroo, and camp cook at Helen Springs Station in the Northern Territory. Claydon returned to New South Wales, where she worked for a disability service provider on the South Coast. She later completed an honours degree majoring in anthropology and a PhD thesis on “contemporary political representation in the Bunuba Aboriginal community”, moving to Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia. She worked in remote Aboriginal communities “for the best part of a decade” before returning to Newcastle.

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