Albert Lind

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Sir Albert Lind
Deputy Premier of Victoria
In office
13 October 1937 – 14 September 1943
Premier Albert Dunstan
Preceded by Francis Old
Succeeded by Bert Cremean
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Gippsland East
In office
21 October 1920 – 1 June 1961
Preceded by James Cameron
Succeeded by Bruce Evans
Personal details
Born Albert Eli Lind
(1878-02-21)21 February 1878
East Charlton, Victoria
Died 26 June 1964(1964-06-26) (aged 86)
Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia
Political party United Country Party
Other political
affiliations
Victorian Farmers' Union
Spouse(s) Flora Catherine Arthur (m. 1904)
Relations Alan Lind (nephew)
Occupation Dairy farmer and grazier

Sir Albert Eli Lind (21 February 1878 – 26 June 1964) was an Australian farmer and politician.

Early life[edit]

Lind was born in 1878 in East Charlton, Victoria, the son of Oliver Nicholas Lind, a farmer from Denmark, and his Welsh wife Mary Ann Clay. In 1882, drought forced the family to move to East Gippsland where Lind was educated at Lucknow, and then to Bairnsdale in 1884 where he attended Bairnsdale state school. By the age of 12, he was a builder's apprentice and worked in several trades. In 1904, then just married, Lind selected a 640 acre property at Mount Taylor, where he established a dairy farm with his brother Ernie.[1]

Political career[edit]

Lind entered politics as a councillor for the Shire of Bairnsdale from 1914 to 1925. In October 1920, he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the seat of Gippsland East for the Victorian Farmers' Union (VFU).[2]

On 2 April, Lind was made Minister of Forests, President of the Board of Land and Works and Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey in Albert Dunstan's cabinet.[3]

On 13 October 1937, Lind was voted deputy leader of the United Country Party in an unexpected ballot at the party's pre-sessional meeting, and therefore became Deputy Premier of Victoria.[4]

When John McDonald won government in 1950, Lind resumed his portfolios of lands and forests, as well as the additional portfolio of soldier settlement.[2]

Lind was knighted in the 1951 King's Birthday honours for his service in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[5]

Family[edit]

Lind married Flora Catherine Arthur on 31 August 1904 at Bairnsdale. They had four sons and five daughters.[1]

Lind was the uncle of Alan Lind, who was also a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Labor Party, representing the districts of Mildura (1952–1955) and Dandenong (1969–1979).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c J. D. Adams, 'Lind, Sir Albert Eli (1878–1964)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, , accessed 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b Lind, Sir Albert Eli, Re-member, Parliament of Victoria.
  3. ^ Gazette 59, Victoria Government Gazette, Government of Victoria, 2 April 1935.
  4. ^ "STATE POLITICS COUNTRY PARTY'S SURPRISE.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 14 October 1937. p. 3. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  5. ^ LIND, Albert Eli, It's an Honour, 7 June 1951.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
James Cameron
Member for Gippsland East
1920–1961
Succeeded by
Bruce Evans
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Old
Deputy Premier of Victoria
1937–1943
Succeeded by
Bert Cremean