Arthur Morgan (Queensland politician)

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This article is about the Premier of Queensland. For his son, the Member of the Australian Parliament, see Arthur Morgan (Australian politician). For other persons of the same name, see Arthur Morgan.
The Honourable
Sir Arthur Morgan
Sir Arthur Morgan.jpg
16th Premier of Queensland
In office
17 September 1903 – 19 January 1906
Preceded by Robert Philp
Succeeded by William Kidston
Constituency Warwick
Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
In office
16 May 1899 – 15 September 1903
Preceded by Alfred Cowley
Succeeded by Alfred Cowley
Constituency Warwick
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Warwick
In office
18 July 1887 – 4 April 1896
Preceded by Jacob Horwitz
Succeeded by Thomas Byrnes
In office
22 October 1898 – 19 January 1906
Preceded by Thomas Byrnes
Succeeded by Thomas O'Sullivan
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
19 January 1906 – 20 December 1916
Personal details
Born (1856-09-19)19 September 1856
Warwick, Queensland
Died 20 December 1916(1916-12-20) (aged 60)
Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Political party Ministerialist
Other political
Spouse(s) Alice Augusta Clinton
Relations Arthur Morgan (son)
Occupation Newspaper proprietor
Religion Anglican

Sir Arthur Morgan (19 September 1856 – 20 December 1916) was the Premier of Queensland, Australia from 1903 to 1906.

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in Warwick, Queensland, the fourth son of James Morgan (who later represented Warwick in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland and became chairman of committees) and his wife Kate, née Barton. Arthur Morgan was educated at the public school at Warwick, and then joined the staff of the Warwick Argus which was owned and edited by his father. Morgan married Alice Augusta Clinton (daughter of H. E. Clinton) on 26 July 1880.


Morgan became a member of the Warwick Municipal Council in 1885 and served as mayor 1886-90 and 1898. In 1887 he was elected a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for the district of Warwick, held his seat until 1896, and was re-elected in 1899. In that year he was chosen as Speaker.

In 1903 Robert Philp resigned on account of defections from his party, and the leader of the Labour party being unable to form a ministry, Morgan was asked to lead a combination of some of the liberals and the Labour party. He resigned the speakership, formed a ministry, and became premier, chief secretary, secretary for railways and vice-president of the executive council. A policy of retrenchment was carried out which gave Morgan some temporary unpopularity, and his combining with the Labour party was much questioned by his former associates. The position, however, was one of some difficulty when Philp resigned, as at the moment there appeared to be no outstanding man to take his place, and Morgan felt it to be his duty to carry on a government. In January 1906, after the death of Sir Hugh Nelson, he was appointed president of the Queensland Legislative Council and on two occasions was acting-governor. In 1908 he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Queensland.

He published in 1902, Discovery and Development of the Downs; he was knighted in 1907.

Later life[edit]

Sir Arthur Morgan's headstone at Brisbane's Toowong Cemetery.

In his later years Morgan's health was not good and he died on 20 December 1916. Morgan was survived by his wife, five sons and three daughters.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Philp
Premier of Queensland
1903 – 1906
Succeeded by
William Kidston
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Alfred Cowley
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
1899 – 1903
Succeeded by
Alfred Cowley
Preceded by
Jacob Horwitz
Member for Warwick
Succeeded by
Thomas Byrnes
Preceded by
Thomas Byrnes
Member for Warwick
Succeeded by
Thomas O'Sullivan