Lewis Martin (Australian politician)

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Lewis Ormsby Martin (1872 – 17 April 1944) was an Australian politician.

He was born in Bairnsdale, Victoria, to miner Robert Martin and his wife Antoinette Laura. While Lewis was still young the family moved to New South Wales; he was articled a solicitor's clerk in 1889, and studied at the University of Sydney, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1893 and a Bachelor of Law in 1895, the year he was admitted as a solicitor. He settled in Taree, where he accumulated several properties. In 1900 he married Lucy Danvers, with whom he had eight children. He served on Taree Council from 1906 to 1928, with periods as mayor from 1911 to 1913. A member of the Farmers and Settlers Association, he moved politically from the Liberal Party to the Progressive Party before being elected as a Nationalist member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1927, representing Oxley. He was Secretary of Public Works, Minister for Local Government and Minister for Justice from 1932 to 1939. Martin was defeated by an independent candidate in 1941, and he died at Taree in 1944.[1]


  1. ^ "Mr Lewis Ormsby Martin (1872–1944)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Joseph Fitzgerald
Theodore Hill
Roy Vincent
Member for Oxley
Succeeded by
George Mitchell
Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Mair
Secretary of Public Works
1939 – 1941
Succeeded by
Joseph Cahill