Sharon Claydon

Sharon Catherine Claydon (born 26 April 1964) is an Australian politician. She has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Newcastle in New South Wales, since September 2013.

Sharon Claydon

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Newcastle
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded bySharon Grierson
Personal details
Born (1964-04-26) 26 April 1964
Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
OccupationAnthropologist; Politician
Office of Sharon Claydon MHR, federal Member for Newcastle.

Early years and background

The daughter of a Vietnam veteran, Claydon is a fifth generation Novocastrian who was educated at Lambton High School and completed an honours degree in anthropology at Sydney University.[1]


After completing her studies, she worked within remote Aboriginal communities including the Kimberley Region before moving to the disability service sector.[1][2] In 2007 Claydon was elected as a Councillor on Newcastle City Council.[3]

Immediately prior to the 2013 federal election, Claydon worked for the incumbent Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson.[3]


Claydon is currently a patron of the Stockton Historical Society and has served as treasurer of the Newcastle Aboriginal Support Group.[4]


  1. Elias, Charles (9 August 2013). "Claydon big on NBN, jobs and education". RADAR. Independent Media Group Pty Limited. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  2. "Sharon Claydon". EMILY's List Australia. 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  3. "The House of Reps class of 2013". Election Watch 2013. University of Melbourne. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  4. "Sharon Claydon (Newcastle)". Federal Candidates. NSW Labor. 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Sharon Grierson
Member for Newcastle
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