|6th Premier of Queensland|
5 June 1876 – 8 March 1877
|Preceded by||Arthur Macalister|
|Succeeded by||John Douglas|
|Born||6 November 1840
Sydney, New South Wales,
|Died||13 January 1905
George Thorn (junior) was born in Sydney, New South Wales, a son of George Thorn (senior). His father was one of the founders of the city of Ipswich and a founding Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly representing the seat of West Moreton.
On 2 July 1867, George Thorn (junior) followed in his father's footsteps by being elected a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly in the seat of West Moreton, which he held until 18 November 1873.
Immediately following that, he was appointed to the Queensland Legislative Council on 9 January 1874; although a lifetime appointment, he resigned on 16 June 1876. During his time on the Legislative Council, he was the Government's representative in the Council. He also held the role of Queensland Postmaster-General (9 January 1874 to 8 July 1876).
On 20 June 1876, he successfully contested the seat of Ipswich at a by-election and held it until 18 February 1878. He became Premier and Secretary for Public Works and Mines on 5 June 1876. However, he resigned from t these roles on 8 March 1877, but remained in the ministry of his successor, John Douglas as Secretary for Public Works from 8 March 1877 to 7 November 1877 and then as Secretary for Public Lands and Mines from 7 November 1877 to 6 February 1878.
Thorn became Queensland commissioner to the 1878 Paris Exposition. On his return from Europe, on 17 April 1879 by another by-election, he successfully contested the seat of Northern Downs and held it until 7 September 1883.
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- "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012 and the Legislative Council 1860-1922". Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
- "Thornborough (entry 45856)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- "NORTHERN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS.". Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 19 June 1951. p. 7. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- "History and Virtual Tour". The Newstead House Trust. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
|Premier of Queensland