Joseph Hannan

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Joseph Hannan
Joseph Hannan.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Fawkner
In office
31 May 1913 – 5 May 1917
Preceded by George Fairbairn
Succeeded by George Maxwell
Senator for Victoria
In office
22 July 1924 – 13 November 1925
Preceded by Stephen Barker
Succeeded by David Andrew
Personal details
Born 1873
Yorkshire, England
Died 14 March 1943 (aged 69–70)
Black Rock, Victoria
Nationality English Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Agnes Theresa Phelan
Occupation Unionist

Joseph Francis Hannan (1873 – 14 March 1943) was an Australian politician and trade unionist. Hannan was probably born in Yorkshire, England and emigrated with his family in 1888. He soon became involved in the union movement and was a member of the committee of the Melbourne Trades Hall Council that established the Political Labor Council of Victoria in 1900. In 1903, he married Agnes Theresa Phelan. He became president of the Victorian branch of the Labor Party in 1911.[1]

Hannan stood unsuccessfully against George Fairbairn for the seat of Fawkner at the 1910 election, but defeated him at the 1913 election. He lost the seat at the 1917 election, due to his opposition to conscription. In 1918 he won a by-election for the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Albert Park, but resigned in 1919 to unsuccessfully contest Fawkner at the 1919 election.[2] In 1924, he was appointed to fill a casual vacancy in the Senate, but was not returned at the 1925 election. He also unsuccessfully contested the assembly seat of Castlemaine and Kyneton in 1927 and Albert Park in 1932, and stood for the Federal seats of Kooyong the 1928 election and Flinders at the 1934 election without success.[1]

After leaving politics Hannan became a commercial traveller. He was survived by two daughters and a son.[1]

Hannan is buried in the Roman Catholic section of Coburg Cemetery with his wife, daughter Veronica and two infant grandsons. His grave is included in a self-guided heritage walk at the cemetery and information about his life is available on a sign posted at his graveside.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Love, Peter (1983). "Hannan, Joseph Francis (1875? - 1943)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Hannan, Joseph Francis". re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  3. ^ Friends of Coburg Cemetery website
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
George Fairbairn
Member for Fawkner
1913 – 1917
Succeeded by
George Maxwell