Walter Horatio Wilson

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The Hon
Walter Wilson
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Walter Horatio Wilson in 1887
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
4 July 1885 – 28 February 1902
Personal details
Born Walter Horatio Wilson
(1839-07-15)15 July 1839
Ruabon, Denbighshire, Wales
Died 28 February 1902(1902-02-28) (aged 62)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality Welsh Australian
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Hannah Field (m.1862 d.1886), Rose Mary Harding (m.1893 d.1934)
Occupation Solicitor

Walter Horatio Wilson (15 July 1839 – 28 February 1902) was a lawyer and politician in Queensland, Australia. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 1885 until 1902.[1]

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born at Rhosymedre near Ruabon, Denbighshire, Wales, and arrived in Victoria (Australia) in 1853.[2]

Legal career[edit]

In 1865 he was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and practised in Brisbane.


Having been called to the Queensland Legislative Council in July 1885, he succeeded T. M. Patterson as Postmaster-General in the Samuel Griffith Government in August 1887, retiring with his colleagues in June 1888.[2]

Wilson was leader of the council from 1890 to 1894 and 1898, minister without portfolio 1890 to 1893 and 1894 to 1898, postmaster-general 1893 to 1894 and 1898, secretary for public instruction 1893 to 1894 and 1899 and Minister of Justice and Attorney-General from 1898 to 1899. Wilson was a supporter of Federation and was responsible for the standard of time bill in 1894.[1]

Later life[edit]

Wilson died in Brisbane in 1902 and was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ a b Gill, J.C.H. "Wilson, Walter Horatio (1839–1902)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Wilson, Hon. Walter Horatio". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  3. ^ Wilson Walter Horatio — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 22 February 2015.