Matthew Reid (politician)

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Matthew Reid
Matthew Reid.jpg
Senator for Queensland
In office
1 July 1917 – 30 June 1935
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Toowong
In office
29 April 1893 – 21 May 1896
Preceded by Theodore Unmack
Succeeded by Thomas Finney
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Enoggera
In office
23 December 1899 – 11 May 1902
Preceded by James Drake
Succeeded by Arthur Hawthorn
Personal details
Born (1856-09-30)30 September 1856
Ayrshire, Scotland
Died 28 August 1947(1947-08-28) (aged 90)
Brisbane, Queensland
Nationality Scottish Australian
Political party Labor (1893–1909)
Liberal (1909–17)
Nationalist (1917–31)
UAP (1931–35)
Spouse(s) Mary Smart
Occupation Labour organiser

Matthew Reid (30 September 1856 – 28 August 1947) was a Scottish-born Australian politician.

Born in Ayrshire, he worked in London as a carpenter before migrating to Australia in 1887.[1] He was active in the Carpenters' Union and was an organiser of the Australian Labour Federation from 1890. In 1893, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Labor member for Toowong.[2] Defeated in 1896, he was elected as the member for Enoggera in 1899, serving until 1902.[2] He served as President of the Queensland Labor Party in 1905, but left the party in 1909 to join the new Commonwealth Liberal Party.

In 1917, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Nationalist Senator for Queensland. He remained a Senator until his retirement in 1934, by which time he was a member of the United Australia Party, successor to the Nationalist Party.

Reid died in 1947.[3]


  1. ^ Sullivan, Rodney (1988). "'Reid, Matthew (1856-1947)'". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Theodore Unmack
Member for Toowong
1893 – 1896
Succeeded by
Thomas Finney
Preceded by
James Drake
Member for Enoggera
1899 – 1902
Succeeded by
Arthur Hawthorn