Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1896–1899

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This is a list of members of the 12th Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1896 to 1899, as elected at the 1896 colonial election held between 10 March 1896 and 11 April 1896 (due to problems of distance and communications, it was not possible to hold the elections on a single day).[1]

Name Party Electorate Term in office
John Annear Ministerial Maryborough 1884–1902
William Armstrong Ministerial Lockyer 1893–1904; 1907–1918
John Bartholomew Ministerial Maryborough 1896–1902
Matthew Battersby Ministerial Moreton 1888–1899
Joshua Thomas Bell Ministerial Dalby 1893–1911
Jason Boles Opposition Port Curtis 1893–1904
Thomas Bridges Opp./Min. Nundah 1896–1907; 1909–1918
William Browne Labour Croydon 1893–1904
Hon Thomas Joseph Byrnes[8] Ministerial Warwick 1893–1898
Albert Callan Ministerial Fitzroy 1889–1902
William Castling Ministerial Townsville 1896–1899
James Chataway Ministerial Mackay 1893–1901
Robert Collins Ind./Min. Albert 1896–1899
William Henry Corfield Ministerial Gregory 1888–1899
Alfred Cowley Ministerial Herbert 1888–1907
Thomas Bridson Cribb Ministerial Ipswich 1896–1904
James Crombie[7] Ministerial Warrego 1888–1898
John Cross Labour Clermont 1893–1899
George Curtis[6] Opp./Ind. Rockhampton 1893–1902
David Dalrymple Ministerial Mackay 1888–1904
Henry Daniels Labour Cambooya 1893–1899
Anderson Dawson Labour Charters Towers 1893–1901
Thomas Dibley Labour Woolloongabba 1896–1907
Hon James Dickson Independent Bulimba 1873–1888; 1892–1901
John Donaldson[1] Independent Logan 1883–1893; 1896
James Drake Opposition Enoggera 1888–1899
John Dunsford Labour Charters Towers 1893–1905
Thomas Finney Ind./Min. Toowong 1896–1900
Charles Fitzgerald Labour Mitchell 1896–1902
John Fogarty Opposition Drayton and Toowoomba 1893–1904
Justin Foxton Ministerial Carnarvon 1883–1904
Robert Fraser Ind./Min. Brisbane North 1896–1899
Thomas Glassey Labour Bundaberg 1888–1893; 1894–1901
Samuel Grimes Ministerial Oxley 1878–1902
William Henry Groom Opposition Drayton and Toowoomba 1862–1901
John Hamilton Ministerial Cook 1878–1904
Herbert Hardacre Labour Leichhardt 1893–1919
William Hood[7] Ministerial Warrego 1898–1899
John Hoolan Labour Burke 1890–1894; 1896–1899
George Jackson Labour Kennedy 1893–1909
Charles Moffatt Jenkinson[3] Opposition Wide Bay 1898–1902; 1903–1909
Denis Keogh[2] Labour Rosewood 1896–1902; 1904–1911
George Kerr Labour Barcoo 1893–1909
William Kidston Labour Rockhampton 1896–1911
Robert King Labour Maranoa 1893–1899
John Leahy Independent Bulloo 1893–1909
Isidor Lissner Ministerial Cairns 1883–1893; 1896–1899
Frederick Lord Ministerial Stanley 1893–1902
William McCord[4] Ministerial Burnett 1896–1898
Charles McDonald Labour Flinders 1893–1901
Thomas Macdonald-Paterson Ind./Min. Brisbane North 1878–1885; 1896–1901
Frank McDonnell Labour Fortitude Valley 1896–1907
Thomas McGahan Farmers' Rep. Cunningham 1896–1899
John McMaster Ministerial Fortitude Valley 1885–1899; 1901–1904;
William Ryott Maughan[4] Labour Burnett 1898–1899; 1904–1912
William Moore[5] Ministerial Murilla 1898–1904; 1907–1909
Arthur Morgan[8] Ministerial Warwick 1887–1896; 1898–1906
John Murray Ministerial Normanby 1888–1901
Hon Hugh Nelson[5] Ministerial Murilla 1883–1898
John Newell Ministerial Woothakata 1896–1902
William O'Connell Ministerial Musgrave 1888–1903
Andrew Lang Petrie Ministerial Toombul 1893–1926
Robert Philp Ministerial Townsville 1886–1915
George Sim Labour Carpentaria 1896–1899
Robert Harrison Smith Ministerial Bowen 1888–1902
William Smyth Ministerial Gympie 1883–1899
William Stephens Ministerial South Brisbane 1888–1904; 1907–1908
Alfred John Stephenson Ministerial Ipswich 1896–1902
James Stewart Labour North Rockhampton 1896–1901
James Stodart[1] Ministerial Logan 1896–1918
George Story Ministerial Balonne 1896–1904
Jacob Stumm Ministerial Gympie 1896–1899
Lewis Thomas Ministerial Bundamba 1893–1899
George Thorn Ministerial Fassifern 1867–1874; 1876–1878;
1879–1883; 1887–1888;
William Thorn Opposition Aubigny 1894–1904; 1908–1912
Nicholas Tooth Ministerial Burrum 1893–1902
Horace Tozer[3] Ministerial Wide Bay 1871; 1888–1898
Henry Turley Labour South Brisbane 1893–1902


1 In June 1896, John Donaldson, the Independent member for Logan, resigned after a petition was lodged against his return (although the original election was not declared void). A by-election was held on 11 July 1896, at which he was re-elected against a different opponent. However, he died two weeks later of kidney disease, and at the second by-election held on 15 August 1896, Ministerial candidate James Stodart was elected.
2 At the 1896 election in Rosewood, Labour candidate Denis Keogh won by 20 votes and, following a petition by Ministerial candidate Stephen Hardgrave, the election was declared void on 11 August 1896. At the resulting by-election on 29 August, Keogh was re-elected.
3 On 2 March 1898, Horace Tozer, the Ministerial member for Wide Bay, was appointed as Agent-General for Queensland, and resigned his seat. Opposition candidate Charles Moffatt Jenkinson, who counted upon Labour support, won the resulting by-election on 19 March 1898.
4 On 14 April 1898, William McCord, the Ministerial member for Burnett, died. Labour candidate William Ryott Maughan won the resulting by-election on 28 May 1898.
5 On 13 April 1898, the Premier and member for Murilla, Hugh Nelson, was appointed to the Queensland Legislative Council to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the President, Sir Arthur Hunter Palmer. Ministerial candidate William Moore won the resulting by-election on 28 May 1898.
6 In August 1898, George Curtis, the Independent member for Rockhampton, resigned to recontest his seat at a by-election. He was returned unopposed at the close of nominations on 20 August 1898.
7 On 17 September 1898, James Crombie, the Ministerial member for Warrego, died. Ministerial candidate William Hood won the resulting by-election on 22 October 1898.
8 On 27 September 1898, Thomas Joseph Byrnes, the Premier and member for Warwick, died. Opposition candidate Arthur Morgan won the resulting by-election on 22 October 1898.

See also[edit]

  • Premier:
Hugh Nelson (Ministerial) (1893–1898)
Thomas Joseph Byrnes (Ministerial) (1898)
James Dickson (Ministerial) (1898–1899)


  • Waterson, Duncan Bruce: Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament 1860-1929 (second edition), Sydney 2001.
  • Hughes, Colin A.; Graham, B. D. (1976). Voting for the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1890-1964. Canberra: Australian National University. ISBN 0-7081-0301-4. 
Preceded by
11th Assembly
12th Queensland Legislative Assembly
Succeeded by
13th Assembly