John Earle (Australian politician)
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|22nd Premier of Tasmania|
20 October 1909 – 27 October 1909
|Preceded by||Rudolph Ready|
|Succeeded by||Elliott Lewis|
6 April 1914 – 15 April 1916
|Preceded by||Albert Solomon|
|Succeeded by||Walter Lee|
|Senator for Tasmania|
1 March 1917 – 30 June 1923
15 November 1865|
|Died||6 February 1932
Kettering, Tasmania, Australia
Born into a farming family of Cornish descent in Bridgewater, Tasmania, Earle left home at 17 to work as a blacksmith's apprentice in a Hobart foundry. He studied mechanical engineering at night school, but left in 1891 for work as a tin miner and gold prospector in Zeehan and then Corinna. Returning to Zeehan in about 1898 he was elected president of the Amalgamated Miners' Association of Victoria and Tasmania, and represented this association at several annual conferences. He was also a member of the local council and chairman of the hospital board.
After an active career as an organiser for the union, Earle helped found the Tasmanian Workers' Political League, forerunner to the Australian Labor Party. In 1903, he became the organisation's first president.
In the same year, Earle stood for the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the electorate of Waratah, but was defeated by three votes. He was successful with his second attempt in 1906 and led the first Tasmanian Labor government into office in 1909; a minority government which lasted a week. He returned to office as Premier and Attorney-General in 1914, serving until his defeat at the polls in 1916. While leader of the opposition Earle addressed meetings in favour of conscription and was expelled from the Labor Party.
In March 1917 Earle was elected by the Parliament of Tasmania to fill a vacancy in the Australian Senate, and at the 1917 election he successfully retained his seat as a Nationalist Party of Australia candidate. He became Vice-President of the Executive Council in the Hughes ministry from December 1921 to February 1923. He was defeated at the Senate election held in December 1922, and again in 1925, as a Nationalist candidate. In 1928 he stood as an independent candidate in his old House of Assembly constituency of Waratah, but was unsuccessful.
- "Earle, John (1865–1932)". Dictionary of Australian Biography. 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
- "The Parliament of Tasmania from 1856". Parliament of Tasmania. November 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
|Premier of Tasmania
|Premier of Tasmania
Sir Walter Lee
|Vice-President of the Executive Council