Donald Macdonell (Australian politician)

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Donald Macdonell (1862 – 26 October 1911) was an Australian politician.

Born at Stuart Mill near St Arnaud, Victoria, to Scottish-born farmer and shearer Alexander Macdonell, he helped on his father's farm as a child and moved to New South Wales in 1886, being an early member of the Australasian Shearers' Union. He played a leading party in the 1891 strike, during which time he was in Queensland, and he helped to draft the rule for the Australian Workers' Union (AWU) in 1894, in which year he became secretary of the Shearers' Union's Bourke branch and a member of the Australian Labor Party. He was general secretary of the AWU from 1900 to 1911. In 1901 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Labor member for Cobar, serving until 1911; he was Minister for Agriculture and Colonial Secretary from 1910 to 1911. Macdonell died in Melbourne in 1911.[1]

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Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
William Spence
Member for Cobar
1901–1911
Succeeded by
Charles Fern
Political offices
Preceded by
William Wood
Colonial Secretary
1910–1911
Succeeded by
Fred Flowers
Preceded by
John Perry
Minister for Agriculture
1910–1911
Succeeded by
John Treflé
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
William Spence
General Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union
1900 – 1911
Succeeded by
Tom White