Robert Cruickshank (Australian politician)

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Robert Waugh Cruickshank (10 December 1868 – 6 November 1928) was an Australian politician. Born in Edinburgh to tailor Robert John Cruickshank and Isabella Drysdale,[1] he was educated Moray House and Heriot-Watt College before becoming a librarian, later working for a publishing company. He moved to Brisbane in the early 1890s, becoming a journalist for first Sir Charles Lilley's Chronicle, then Drakes Progress and finally the Sun and the Australian Worker.

He became a Reuters representative in Brisbane and Sydney, and from around 1911 was an advertising representative for the Australian Worker and the Labor Daily. He was a member of the Australian Labor Party and contributed actively to the successful campaign against conscription in 1916. Cruickshank was appointed to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1921 and served briefly as an honorary minister and Assistant Treasurer from May to October 1927. In 1927 Cruickshank, a strong supporter of Jack Lang, directed the Labor campaign.


On 11 March 1920, he married Maude Mary Leonard at North Sydney, with whom he had three children.


He died at Camperdown in 1928.[2]


  1. ^ Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
  2. ^ "Mr Robert Waugh Cruickshank (1873-1928)". Parliament of New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.