John Adamson (Queensland politician)

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John Adamson
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Senator for Queensland
In office
1 July 1920 – 2 May 1922
Succeeded by John MacDonald
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Maryborough
In office
18 May 1907 – 2 October 1909
Serving with William Mitchell
Preceded by John Norman
Succeeded by Charles Booker
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Rockhampton
In office
25 February 1911 – 21 March 1917
Serving with Kenneth Grant
Preceded by William Kidston
Succeeded by Frank Forde
Personal details
Born John Adamson
(1857-02-18)18 February 1857
Durham, England
Died 2 May 1922(1922-05-02) (aged 65)
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1907–17)
Nationalist (1917–22)
Spouse(s) Caroline Jones (m.1884 d.1932)
Occupation Shoemaker, Blacksmith, Religious minister
Religion Primitive Methodist

John Adamson CBE (18 February 1857 – 2 May 1922) was an English-born Australian politician.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Durham, he received a primary education before becoming a shoemaker, blacksmith and lay preacher. He migrated to Australia in 1878, becoming a Methodist minister in Queensland.[1]


At the 1907 election, Adamson was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Labour member for Maryborough, serving until 2 October 1909 (the 1909 election).[1][2]

On 25 February 1911, he was elected as the member for Rockhampton, serving until 21 March 1917. He was Secretary for Railways from 1 June 1915 to 2 October 1916. Adamson left the Labor Party in the wake of the 1916 split over conscription, joining the Nationalist Party.[1][2]

In 1919, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Nationalist Senator for Queensland.[3] He served in the Senate from 1 July 1920 until his death on 2 May 1922. Following his death, the Queensland Government (then controlled by the Australian Labor Party) appointed John MacDonald, a Labor member, as his replacement.[2][4]


Adamson died in 1922 after he fell in front of a train at Hendra railway station. Reports at the time suggested suicide as he had been suffering from illness and depression for some time.[1][5] He was accorded a state funeral which proceeded from the Albert Street Methodist Church to the Toowong Cemetery.[1][6][7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Adamson, John (1857–1922)Australian Dictionary of Biography
  2. ^ a b c "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 5 February 2014. 
  3. ^ 1919 Queensland Senate ElectionPsephos: Adam Carr's Electoral Archive
  4. ^ Adamson Index of Senate appointments 1901-2003Psephos: Adam Carr's Electoral Archive
  5. ^ "TRAGIC DEATH.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 3 May 1922. p. 5. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Family Notices.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 4 May 1922. p. 6. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Adamson, John". Grave Location Search. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
John Norman
Member for Maryborough
Served alongside: William Mitchell
Succeeded by
Charles Booker
Preceded by
William Kidston
Member for Rockhampton
Served alongside: Kenneth Grant
Succeeded by
Frank Forde