Ned Hanlon (politician)

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Ned Hanlon
Portrait of Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland
26th Premier of Queensland
In office
7 March 1946 – 15 January 1952
Preceded by Frank Cooper
Succeeded by Vince Gair
Constituency Ithaca
Personal details
Born Edward Michael Hanlon
(1887-10-01)1 October 1887
Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland
Died 15 January 1952(1952-01-15) (aged 64)
South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Carver (d. 1946)
Cabinet Hanlon Ministry
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Imperial Force
Years of service 1915–1919
Rank Sergeant
Unit 9th Battalion

Edward Michael (Ned) Hanlon (1 October 1887 – 15 January 1952) was an Australian politician, who was Premier of Queensland from 1946 to 1952.

Hanlon was born in Brisbane, where he lived throughout his life. After leaving school, he worked in the railways, and soon became a union official. In the 1912 Brisbane General Strike he played a prominent part as a militant. Between 1915 and 1919 Hanlon served in 9 RQR.

He entered parliament in 1926, representing the Labor Party as member for Ithaca. After two decades and several cabinet portfolios (notably the Health Ministry, where he worked in tandem with doctor and administrator Sir Raphael Cilento), he became Queensland's Premier, once the septuagenarian Frank Cooper had retired. Over the years Hanlon's outlook mellowed, and he shifted to the political right. Having begun as a union militant, he ended up, as Premier, sending the police to suppress union demonstrations during the 1948 Queensland Railway strike.

He died in office (January 1952), and was succeeded by Vince Gair, the last leader of the state Labor Party administration which had been in power continuously ever since 1932. He was buried in Toowong Cemetery (Portion 7A, section 38, grave 19/21).

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Cooper
Premier of Queensland
1946–1952
Succeeded by
Vince Gair