David Hall (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
David Hall
David Robert Hall.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Werriwa
In office
12 December 1906 – 1 April 1912
Preceded by Alfred Conroy
Succeeded by Benjamin Bennett
Personal details
Born (1874-03-05)5 March 1874
Harrietville, Victoria, Australia
Died 6 September 1945(1945-09-06) (aged 71)
Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1901–17)
Nationalist (1917–20)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Barrister

David Robert Hall (5 March 1874 – 6 September 1945) was an Australian politician.

Hall was born in Harrietville, Victoria, and studied law at the University of Sydney before becoming a barrister in 1903. By that time, he had already become involved in state politics, having been elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the member for the rural electorate of Gunnedah in 1901.[1]

Hall made a switch to federal politics at the 1906 election, contesting the House of Representatives seat of Werriwa for the Australian Labor Party. He was successful, defeating Alfred Conroy, the sitting Commonwealth Liberal Party member. Hall represented the electorate until 1912, when he resigned mid-term to return to State politics. At the subsequent by-election, the new Labor candidate, Benjamin Bennett, once again defeated Conroy.

New South Wales Premier James McGowen appointed Hall Minister of Justice and Solicitor General in April 1912 and had him appointed to the Legislative Council in July 1912. He won the seat of Enmore in December 1913 and held it to 1920. From 1914 to 1919, he was Attorney General. In 1916, he was expelled from the Labor Party for supporting conscription. He continued to be Attorney-General in the Holman government, but was no longer Minister of Justice. In 1919 he became Minister for Housing until February 1920.[1] He was then appointed Agent General to London, but this appointment was cancelled by the incoming Storey Labor government.[2]

Hall subsequently had a legal career and ran unsuccessfully for the United Australia Party in the Senate in 1937. He died in Vaucluse.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Alfred Conroy
Member for Werriwa
1906 – 1912
Succeeded by
Benjamin Bennett
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Thomas Goodwin
Member for Gunnedah
1901 – 1904
District abolished
New district Member for Enmore
1913 – 1920
District abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
William Holman
Minister of Justice
1912 – 1916
Succeeded by
John Garland