Alexander Wilson (Australian politician)

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Alexander Wilson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wimmera
In office
23 October 1937 – 31 December 1945
Preceded by Hugh McClelland
Succeeded by Winton Turnbull
Personal details
Born (1889-06-07)7 June 1889
County Down, Ireland
Died 26 January 1954(1954-01-26) (aged 64)
Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Irish Australian
Political party Independent
Occupation Farmer

Alexander Wilson (7 June 1889 – 26 January 1954) was an Australian wheat farmer and politician.


Born in County Down, Ulster, Ireland (now in Northern Ireland), he was educated at Belfast and migrated to Australia in 1908, becoming a farmer at Ultima, Victoria. He was prominent as a leader of Victorian wheatgrowers. In 1937, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the member for Wimmera, running as an independent Country candidate and defeating Country Party member Hugh McClelland. In 1941 he joined with the House's other independent, Arthur Coles, in voting against the budget of Country Party Prime Minister Arthur Fadden, bringing down Fadden's government and handing the premiership to Labor's John Curtin. After this, Wilson supported the Curtin government. He held the seat until his retirement on 31 December 1945 to become the Administrator of Norfolk Island, a position he held until 1952. He retired to a farm at Swan Hill and died in 1954.[1][2]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  2. ^ "Wilson, Alexander (1889–1954)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Hugh McClelland
Member for Wimmera
Succeeded by
Winton Turnbull
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Rosenthal
Administrator of Norfolk Island
Succeeded by
Colin Hugh Boyd Norman