John Adamson (Queensland politician)

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John Adamson
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Senator for Queensland
In office
1 July 1920 – 2 May 1922
Succeeded by John MacDonald
Personal details
Born (1857-02-18)18 February 1857
Durham, England
Died 2 May 1922(1922-05-02) (aged 65)
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1907–17)
Nationalist (1917–22)
Occupation Religious minister
Religion Methodist

John Adamson (18 February 1857 – 2 May 1922) was an English-born Australian politician.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Durham, he received a primary education before becoming a shoemaker, blacksmith and lay preacher. He migrated to Australia in 1878, becoming a Methodist minister in Queensland.[1]


On 18 May 1907 (the 1907 Queensland state election), Adamson was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Labour member for Maryborough, serving until 2 October 1909 (the 1909 Queensland state election).[1][2]

On 25 February 1911, he was elected as the member for Rockhampton, serving until 21 March 1917. He was Secretary for Railways from 1 June 1915 to 2 October 1916. Adamson left the Labor Party in the wake of the 1916 split over conscription, joining the Nationalist Party.[1][2]

In 1919, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Nationalist Senator for Queensland.[3] He served in the Senate from 1 July 1920 until his death on 2 May 1922. Following his death, the Queensland Government (then controlled by the Australian Labor Party) appointed John MacDonald, a Labor member, as his replacement.[2][4]


Adamson died in 1922. He was buried in Toowong Cemetery in Brisbane.[5]

External links[edit]

Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate entry