Albert Norton

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Albert Norton
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Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
In office
25 May 1893 – 15 February 1899
Preceded by William Groom
Succeeded by Alfred Cowley
Constituency Port Curtis
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Port Curtis
In office
14 November 1878 – 6 May 1893
Preceded by Arthur Palmer
Succeeded by Jason Boles
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
11 September 1867 – 29 May 1868
In office
23 August 1894 – 11 March 1914
Personal details
Born Albert Norton
(1836-01-01)1 January 1836
Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 11 March 1914(1914-03-11) (aged 78)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth Ann Walker (m. 1862 d. 1863), Harriet Maule Deacon (m. 1866 d. 1899), Amy Symes Barton (m. 1900 d. 1913)
Occupation Grazier

Albert Norton (1 January 1836 – 11 March 1914) was a Queensland politician, Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly[1] and pastoralist.[2]

Early life[edit]

Norton was the sixth son of James Norton, born at the family home, "Elswick" now Leichhardt, New South Wales. He was educated at the Rev. F. Wilkinson's school at Sydney, and from 1852 to 1857 was gaining experience on stations in the New England district of New South Wales. During the next three years he had a wandering life in New South Wales and Victoria, but in 1860 bought the Rodd's Bay station in the Port Curtis District, Queensland. He specialised in cattle, and in spite of some bad experiences with drought and disease, became a successful pastoralist.


In 1866 he stood for the Port Curtis seat in the Legislative Assembly but was defeated, and in the following year was nominated to the Legislative Council. He resigned his seat in 1868 and did not attempt to enter politics again until in 1878, having previously retired from his station, he was elected unopposed for Port Curtis. In March 1883, on the resignation of John Murtagh Macrossan, Norton accepted office as Minister for Works and Mines in the First McIlwraith Ministry.[1] In 1888 Norton was unanimously elected speaker of the legislative assembly. He lost his seat at the 1893 election, and in 1894 was nominated as a member of the Legislative Council, a lifetime appointment. Norton was chairman of committee from 1902 to 1907 and continued to be an active member of the house until a few months before his death.

Norton had been much interested in the welfare of the mining industry, he encouraged the giving of lectures in mineralogy, and was primarily responsible for the establishment of the school of mines. He was a trustee of the Royal Society of Queensland, and contributed about a dozen papers to its Proceedings. His political speeches were always carefully prepared but the effect was to some extent spoiled by a monotonous delivery.

Later life[edit]

Norton died on 11 March 1914 at Milton in Brisbane.


  1. ^ a b Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Norton, Hon. Albert". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  2. ^ "Norton, Albert (1836–1914)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
William Groom
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
1893 – 1899
Succeeded by
Alfred Cowley
Preceded by
Arthur Palmer
Member for Port Curtis
Succeeded by
Jason Boles