George Lawson (Australian politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament
19 December 1931 – 2 November 1961
|Preceded by||Donald Cameron|
|Succeeded by||Manfred Cross|
|Member of the Queensland Legislative Council|
18 August 1919 – 23 March 1922
14 August 1880
South Pine River, Queensland
|Died||25 November 1966
|Resting place||Pinnaroo Cemetery|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Jane Buchanan (m.1907 d.1918) Kathleen Lally (m.1935 d.1994)|
|Occupation||Trade union organizer|
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 in 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 found 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. At the time of his election to the House of Representatives, he was secretary of the Road Transport Workers' Union.
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.
- Cross, Manfred (2000). "Lawson, George (1880–1966)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 5 November 2007.
- "MR. GEORGE LAWSON.". The Brisbane Courier (23,062). Queensland, Australia. 29 December 1931. p. 11. Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- Lawson George – Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
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