Lindsay Hartwig

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Lindsay Hartwig
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Callide
In office
27 May 1972 – 1 November 1986
Preceded by Vincent Jones
Succeeded by Di McCauley
Personal details
Born Lindsay Earle Hartwig
(1919-12-29)29 December 1919
Eidsvold, Queensland, Australia
Died 2 April 1996(1996-04-02) (aged 76)
Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Garden of Remembrance Cemetery, Toowoomba
Nationality Australian
Political party Independent
Other political
National Party
Spouse(s) Estelle Mary Carmody (m.1946)
Occupation Grazier

Lindsay Earle Hartwig (29 December 1919 – 2 April 1996) was a politician in Queensland, Australia. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Hartwig was a farmer and grazier by occupation and pioneered the first aerial sowing of pasture seed.


Hartwig began his political career as a councillor with the Shire of Monto (1961–1970) and was appointed chairman in 1964.

In 1972, he was preselected for the safe National Party seat of Callide. He was elected at the 1972 election, winning re-election as a National in 1974, 1977 and 1980. In 1981, Hartwig was expelled from the National Party caucus by a vote of 33 to 2 for repeated criticism of party president Sir Robert Sparkes. He won re-election as an independent in 1983, but retired at the 1986 election. During his time as an independent, he was elected as the Chairman of the Livingstone Shire Council in a landslide. However, he only served about 11 months as chairman because of continual concerns about his ability to be effective as a shire chairman given his parliamentary duties.[1]

Hartwig was never appointed to state Cabinet but had a notable achievement in fighting successfully to have Queensland Day officially recognised. He also adopted a unique radio campaign. He put together a race-call commercial and called himself "Lovable Lindsay" who always won by a nose.

After leaving Parliament he became involved with the Liberal Party of Australia for a time and contested the 1988 South-Coast by-election for the fringe right-wing Citizens Electoral Council.

Later life[edit]

Upon his death in 1996, his former colleagues made a range of tribute speeches; the stories of Hartwig's career were frequently humorous. Hartwig is buried in Toowoomba's Garden of Remembrance Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ HARTWIG Lindsay M.L.A. — Downs Folk - Lives and times of folk of Toowoomba & the Downs. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Vincent Jones
Member for Callide
Succeeded by
Di McCauley