Gordon Brown (Australian politician)

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Gordon Brown
Senator Gordon Brown.jpg
10th President of the Australian Senate
In office
23 September 1943 – 19 March 1951
Preceded byJames Cunningham
Succeeded byTed Mattner
Senator for Queensland
In office
1 July 1932 – 30 June 1965
Personal details
Born(1885-02-11)11 February 1885
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
Died12 January 1967(1967-01-12) (aged 81)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
NationalityEnglish Australian
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

Gordon Brown (11 February 1885 – 12 January 1967) was a long-serving Australian politician.


Born in Derbyshire, England, he was educated at Clay Cross Grammar School. He was apprenticed as a pattern maker but had a range of other jobs including piano salesman and coal miner. He visited Canada where he was imprisoned for street agitation.[1] He migrated to Australia in 1912, where he became an organiser of the Shop Assistants' Union and of the Socialist Party. He spent time in gaol in Queensland.[1] He was a member of the Brisbane Trades Hall Council, and was on the Central Executive of the Queensland branch of the Australian Labor Party. In 1931, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Labor Senator for Queensland. Brown served as Chairman of Committees from 1941 to 1943.[2] On 23 September 1943, he was elected President of the Senate, succeeding the late Senator James Cunningham. He remained President until 19 March 1951, when the Liberal Party took control of the Senate and elected Ted Mattner to replace him. He retired in 1964, taking effect in 1965[3].

From 1947 to 1950, he and Joe Collings were the joint Fathers of the Senate, and from 1950 until his retirement, Brown was the sole Father.

He died in 1967[4].


  1. ^ a b Brown, Nicholas (1993). "Brown, Gordon (1885–1967)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Appendix 3―Deputy Presidents and Chairmen of Committees (1901–2009)". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ "BROWN, Gordon (1885–1967) Senator for Queensland, 1932–65 (Australian Labor Party) | The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate". Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  4. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
James Cunningham
President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Ted Mattner