George Lawson (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
George Lawson
George Lawson.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Brisbane
In office
19 December 1931 – 2 November 1961
Preceded by Donald Cameron
Succeeded by Manfred Cross
Personal details
Born (1880-08-14)14 August 1880
South Pine River, Queensland
Died 25 November 1966(1966-11-25) (aged 86)
Ashgrove, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) 1) Rebecca Jane Buchanan
2) Kathleen Lally
Occupation Unionist

George Lawson (14 August 1880 – 25 November 1966) was an Australian trade union official and politician.

Lawson was born in South Pine River, near Caboolture, Queensland and educated at Warner State School. He fought in the Boer War South Africa with the 5th (Queensland Imperial Bushmen) Contingent in 1901–02 and was mentioned in dispatches. He married Rebecca Jane Buchanan in 1907 and they had two sons but she died in 1918. In 1907, he helped founded the Brisbane Trolleymen, Draymen and Carter's Union and was elected its secretary in 1908. The union later became the Carters and Drivers' Union and in 1912 he was elected its general secretary, a position he held for almost twenty years. He was president of the Trades and Labour Council of Queensland in 1924 and 1927.[1]

Political career[edit]

Lawson was elected an alderman of the Windsor Town Council from 1916 to 1921 and appointed as an Australian Labor Party member of the Queensland Legislative Council in 1919, and helped bring about its abolition in 1922. He was elected the member for Brisbane in the Australian House of Representatives in the 1931 elections. In 1935 he married Kathleen Lally. With the election of the Curtin government in 1941 he became Minister for Transport, but lost his position in the ministry after the 1943 elections. After Labor's defeat in 1949 elections, he was a strong supporter of H. V. Evatt and opponent of both communists and groupers.[1]

Lawson retired from parliament in 1961. He died at his home in the Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove, survived by his wife and the sons of his first marriage.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hubert Lawrence Anthony
Minister for Transport
1941–1943
Succeeded by
Eddie Ward
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Donald Charles Cameron
Member for Brisbane
1931–1961
Succeeded by
Manfred Cross