Herbert Robinson (Queensland politician)

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Herbert Robinson
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Sandgate
In office
7 March 1953 – 3 August 1957
Preceded by Eric Decker
Succeeded by Thomas Ahearn
Personal details
Born Herbert Freemont Robinson
(1893-05-20)20 May 1893
Comet, Queensland, Australia
Died 3 June 1969(1969-06-03) (aged 76)
Greenslopes, Queensland
Resting place Nudgee Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Political party Queensland Labor Party
Other political
Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Agnes Amelia Doran (m.1924 d.1958 )
Occupation Railway worker
Religion Roman Catholic

Herbert Freemont Robinson (20 May 1893 – 3 June 1969) was an Australian politician, and a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 1953 until 1957 representing the seat of Sandgate.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born on 20 May 1893 in Comet, Queensland, to Philip Robinson, a school teacher, and his wife Lucy (née Mann). He was educated at Comet State School and subsequently taught as a pupil-teacher. As a youth he played rugby league for Toowoomba and Ipswich.[1] By 1915, he was working as a railway porter in Toowoomba.[2]

He enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force on 27 August 1915 as a Private, embarking for active service in Egypt on 31 January 1916 aboard T.S. Wandilla and transferring to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion where he saw service in both Egypt and France. He was wounded in action in May 1917, and was out of the war for much of 1918 due to illness. In April 1919 he joined the AIF Education Service where he worked as a Duty Librarian. He returned to Brisbane in July 1919 and was discharged there with the rank of Sergeant on 27 August 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.[3]

Robinson worked variously in the railways of Queensland for much of his life. He was a porter in Wyreema, Maryborough and Gympie over 1919–1920, and a shunter in Ipswich and Bundamba until 1925. While working in Ipswich, he married Agnes Doran on 14 July 1924, with whom he has two sons and three daughters. From 1925 until 1942, Robinson was employed as a guard on the Kingaroy line, and then became a first-class guard at Shorncliffe in 1942, and moved his family to nearby Sandgate.[2]


As a railway employee, Robinson had become involved with the Australian Railways Union and was elected to its executive. He joined the Australian Labor Party and was an active worker in the Nanango and Sandgate branches. His wife was also an organiser for the Storemen and Packers' Union.[1]

At the 1950 state election, as an ALP candidate, he unsuccessfully contested the seat of Sandgate against the Liberal incumbent, Eric Decker. However, in the 1953 state election on & March 1953, he achieved a 10% swing against Decker and won the seat. He held the seat in 1956 election.[2][4][5]

On 24 April 1957, Queensland Premier Vince Gair was expelled from the Labor Party, and a number of mostly Catholic Labor MPs joined him in forming a new Queensland Labor Party, with Robinson joining on 26 April 1957. Robinson lost at the subsequent state election on 3 August 1957 to Liberal candidate Thomas Ahearn.[5]

Later life[edit]

After his defeat, he worked as a railways clerk in Brisbane until his retirement in 1959. He died on 3 June 1969 in Greenslopes at the Repatriation Hospital, and was buried in the Nudgee Catholic Cemetery.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "NEW COMERS TO HOUSE.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 9 March 1953. p. 5. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Waterson, Duncan Bruce (1982). Biographical register of the Queensland Parliament, 1930-1980. 2. Canberra: ANU Press. ISBN 0708119573. 
  3. ^ "War service record for Herbert Freemont Robinson, (3896), item no. 1904070". National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Colin A.; Graham, B. D. (1976). Voting for the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1890-1964. Canberra: Australian National University. ISBN 0-7081-0301-4. 
  5. ^ a b "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860–2012 and the Legislative Council 1860-1922" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Eric Decker
Member for Sandgate
Succeeded by
Thomas Ahearn