Harry Bruce (politician)

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Harry Bruce
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Leichhardt
In office
28 April 1951 – 11 October 1958
Preceded byTom Gilmore
Succeeded byBill Fulton
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Kennedy
In office
12 May 1923 – 11 June 1932
Preceded byJohn Jones
Succeeded byArthur Fadden
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for The Tableland
In office
11 June 1932 – 28 April 1950
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born(1884-05-16)16 May 1884
Wandiligong, Victoria
Died11 October 1958(1958-10-11) (aged 74)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Resting placeBalmoral Cemetery
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Aveline Anderson
OccupationSugar grower

Henry Adam "Harry" Bruce (16 May 1884 – 11 October 1958) was an Australian politician, firstly for Queensland and later for the Parliament of Australia.


Born in Wandiligong, Victoria, he was educated at Haileybury College in Melbourne before moving to Queensland to become a bushworker in 1902. Later, he was a sugar grower and an organiser of the Australian Workers' Union.

In 1923 Bruce was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Labor member for the district of Kennedy.[1] In 1932, he was elected to the Tableland. In that year he was appointed Secretary of Public Works; in 1938 he was also made Secretary of Public Instruction, a position he held until 1941. In 1947 he was transferred from Public Works to Public Instruction.[1] During this time, the Bruce Highway was named in his honour.

Bruce left the Queensland Legislative Assembly in 1950,[1] and the following year was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Leichhardt. Bruce died in 1958 and was buried in Balmoral Cemetery.[2] As the federal elections of that year were drawing close, no by-election was held to replace him.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Alphabetical Register Of Members Of The Legislative Assembly 1860 – 2012" (PDF). Parliament of Queensland. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  2. ^ Bruce Henry Adan M H R — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Tom Gilmore
Member for Leichhardt
Succeeded by
Bill Fulton
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
John Jones
Member for Kennedy
Succeeded by
Arthur Fadden
New seat Member for The Tableland