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 Andrew Anderson “Andy” Dawson

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Andrew Anderson “Andy” Dawson

  • Birth 16 Jul 1863 Rockhampton, Rockhampton Region, Queensland, Australia
  • Death 20 Jul 1910 Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
  • Burial Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
  • Plot Portion 11, Section 56, Grave Number 1
  • Memorial ID 28695489

Australian politician, editor, union leader and leader of the first parliamentary socialist government anywhere in the world. More commonly known as Andrew, he was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Both parents died shortly after his birth and he was placed in an orphanage till he was 9 years old, when he moved to Gympie to live with his uncle. He began work as a miner in Charters Towers and went on to become president of the Miners Union there. He took up journalism and became editor of the "The Charters Towers Eagle." In 1893, he entered state politics and won the seat of Charters Towers for the Labor Party which he succesfully held in the 1896 and 1899 state elections. In 1899 he formed a ministry and became Premier of Queensland when the government led by James Dickson resigned. However his ministry only lasted a week when it was defeated in the state house. In 1901 he moved to federal politics, being elected as a Senator for Queensland in Australia's first parliament. In 1904 he was given the job of Minister for Defence in the first federal Labor Government, but he lost his seat at the 1906 federal election when he stood as an Independant after a falling out with the Labor Party. He henceforth retired from politics but died just four years later from alcoholism.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew Anderson “Andy” Dawson (16 Jul 1863–20 Jul 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28695489, citing Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .