David Watkins (Australian politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament
29 March 1901 – 8 April 1935
|Preceded by||New seat|
|Succeeded by||David Watkins|
5 May 1865|
Wallsend, New South Wales
|Died||8 April 1935(aged 69)|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Children||David Oliver Watkins|
|Occupation||Coal miner, unionist|
David Watkins (5 May 1865 – 8 April 1935) was an Australian politician and Member of the Australian House of Representatives for Newcastle from Federation in 1901 until his death in 1935. His death left former Prime Minister Billy Hughes as the only remaining member of the First Parliament still in the House.
Born in Wallsend, New South Wales as the third son of John Watkins, a miner, and his wife Mary Ann, née Hopkins, both Welsh immigrants. For a period after leaving school at aged 13, Watkins worked for the Newcastle Morning Herald. He married Marion Alice (née Arthur) with Wesleyan forms on 30 July 1890.
Watkins later embarked upon a career as a coal miner in the Wallsend colliery in 1881.
Upon Federation, Watkins won the seat of Newcastle in the House of Representatives for the Australian Labor Party. He never achieved ministerial status although did not change his seat or party allegiance during his federal political career. He was the only sitting federal Labor member not to join the splinter NSW Labor Party.
Watkins died of cancer on 8 April 1935, aged 69. His second son, David Oliver Watkins, stood for his seat in parliament at the resulting 1935 by-election, which he won on a reduced margin and held for 23 years.
Watkins was buried with his wife, Marion Alice, who predeceased him at Sandgate Cemetery.
Labour Party MPs elected at the inaugural 1901 election, including Watkins.
Watkins grave at Sandgate Cemetery.
- Hilary Kent, 'Watkins, David (1865–1935)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp 393–394.
- Ramsey, Alan: Push to save Labor from its own heartland, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 June 2006.
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Wallsend
|Parliament of Australia|
|New division||Member for Newcastle
David Oliver Watkins
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