Ambrose Carmichael

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Ambrose Carmichael
Minister for Public Instruction
In office
1 March 1912 – 5 March 1915
Preceded by Frederick Flowers
Succeeded by William Holman
In office
11 September – 26 November 1911
Preceded by George Beeby
Succeeded by Frederick Flowers
Minister for Labour and Industry
In office
10 December 1912 – 29 June 1913
Preceded by George Beeby
Succeeded by James McGowen
In office
11 September – 26 November 1911
Preceded by George Beeby
Succeeded by George Beeby
Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales
In office
17 April – 5 May 1912
Preceded by John Dacey
Succeeded by John Cann
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Leichhardt
In office
10 September 1907 – 18 February 1920
Preceded by Robert Booth
Succeeded by District abolished
Personal details
Born (1871-09-19)19 September 1871
Hobart, Tasmania
Died 15 January 1953(1953-01-15) (aged 81)
Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor Party (to 1919)
Soldiers and Citizens Party (1919–22)
Nationalist Party (from 1922)
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Imperial Force
Years of service 1915–1919
Rank Captain
Unit 36th Battalion
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Military Cross

Ambrose Campbell Carmichael, MC (19 September 1871 – 15 January 1953) was an Australian politician.

He was born in Hobart, Tasmania, to shipping agent William Carmichael and Emma Willson, both Scottish-born. He was educated at Hobart and then held a variety of occupations, including coaching in Brisbane and farming on the Lachlan River, where he became involved in the Farmers and Settlers Association. Around 1893 he married Mabel Pillinger at Lake Cargelligo. In around 1900 he established a business in Sydney. In 1907 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Labor member for Leichhardt. He was appointed an honorary minister in 1910, assuming the Public Instruction and Labour and Industry portfolios in 1911. from 1912 to 1913 he was also Treasurer, returning thereafter to become Minister for Public Instruction until 1915. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a private for the First World War, serving in the 36th Battalion. He was awarded the Military Cross for action at Houplines in 1917 and was invalided home, but later returned to the frontline, attaining the rank of captain. During his return he spoke in favour of conscription, and after the war he formed the Soldiers and Citizens Party, standing as a candidate for the five-member seat of Balmain. He was defeated, and became a public accountant. His second marriage, which took place in 1934 in Sydney, was to Olive Thorngate Weston. He died at Darlinghurst in 1953.[1]


  1. ^ "Mr Ambrose Campbell Carmichael (1871–1953)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Robert Booth
Member for Leichhardt