Edward Riley (Australian politician)

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This article is about the member for South Sydney 1910-31. For his son, the member for Cook 1922-34, see Edward Charles Riley.
Edward Riley
Edward Riley.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for South Sydney
In office
13 April 1910 – 19 December 1931
Preceded by Chris Watson
Succeeded by John Jennings
Personal details
Born 1859
Glasgow, Scotland
Died 21 July 1943 (aged 83–84)
Nationality Scottish Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Children Edward Charles Riley
Occupation Plasterer

Edward Riley (1859 – 21 July 1943) was an Australian politician. Born in Glasgow in Scotland, he received a primary education and migrated to Australia in 1883. He became a plasterer and an official in the Plasterers Union, and eventually rose to become President of the Trades and Labour Council. In 1891, he was a founding member of the Labour Party. In 1910 he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of South Sydney, succeeding former Labor Prime Minister Chris Watson. He held the seat until his defeat in 1931. His son, Edward Charles Riley, was the member for Cook from 1922 to 1934. Riley died in 1943.[1]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Chris Watson
Member for South Sydney
1910 – 1931
Succeeded by
John Jennings