Thomas Wilson (Queensland politician)

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The Honourable
Thomas Wilson

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Thomas Wilson - 1915
36th Mayor of Brisbane
In office
1909–1909
Preceded by Charles Buchanan
Succeeded by John Hetherington
In office
1925–1925
Preceded by Maurice Barry
Succeeded by William Jolly
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Fortitude Valley
In office
1 April 1916 19 May 1933
Preceded by David Bowman
Succeeded by Samuel Brassington
Personal details
BornThomas Wilson
(1865-05-05)5 May 1865
Riddells Creek, Victoria, Australia
Died 19 May 1933(1933-05-19) (aged 68)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor
Spouse(s) Emma Brown (m.1890 d.1952)
Occupation Miner

Thomas Wilson (5 May 1865 – 19 May 1933) was a miner and member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly. [1] He was also Mayor of Brisbane in 1909 and 1925.

Miner person who works in mining

A miner is a person who extracts ore, coal, or other mineral from the earth through mining. There are two senses in which the term is used. In its narrowest sense, a miner is someone who works at the rock face; cutting, blasting, or otherwise working and removing the rock. In a broader sense, a "miner" is anyone working within a mine, not just a worker at the rock face.

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Biography

Wilson was born in Riddells Creek, Victoria, to parents James Wilson and his wife Mary (née McLean). He was educated in Riddells Creek. As a young man, he left home to work in the primary industries and later as a shearer in the Riverina district. He then worked at the Cobar copper mine [1] and came to Queensland in 1884 [2] where he invested in mining and pastoral pursuits. [1]

Riddells Creek Town in Victoria, Australia

Riddells Creek is a town in Victoria, Australia, located in the Shire of Macedon Ranges. It is located in between the cities of Bendigo and Melbourne. Riddells Creek is also the name of the main watercourse which flows through the township, and which is a tributary of Jacksons Creek to the south. The town is served by Riddells Creek railway station on the Bendigo line. At the 2011 census, Riddells Creek had a population of 2976.

Victoria (Australia) State in Australia

Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, thus making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Geographically the smallest state on the Australian mainland, Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west.

Sheep shearer worker who removes wool from domestic sheep

A sheep shearer is a worker who uses (hand-powered)-blade or machine shears to remove wool from domestic sheep during crutching or shearing.

In 1890 he married Emma Brown [1] (died 1952) [3] in Rockhampton and together had two sons and two daughters. He was a keen sportsman and a member of the Tattersalls Club. [1] Wilson died in office in May 1933, and was accorded a state funeral which proceeded from his New Farm residence to the Toowong Cemetery. [2] [4]

Tattersalls Club

Tattersalls Club is a heritage-listed club house at 206 Edward Street, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Hall and Prentice and built from 1925 to 1949. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.

State funeral public funeral ceremony held to honour people of national significance

A state funeral is a public funeral ceremony, observing the strict rules of protocol, held to honour people of national significance. State funerals usually include much pomp and ceremony as well as religious overtones and distinctive elements of military tradition. Generally, state funerals are held in order to involve the general public in a national day of mourning after the family of the deceased gives consent. A state funeral will often generate mass publicity from both national and global media outlets.

Toowong Cemetery cemetery in Queensland, Australia

Toowong Cemetery is a heritage-listed cemetery on the corner of Frederick Street and Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was established in 1866 and formally opened in 1875. It is Queensland's largest cemetery and is located on forty-four hectares of land at the corner of Frederick Street and Mount Coot-tha Road approximately four and a half kilometres west of Brisbane. It was previously known as Brisbane General Cemetery. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 31 December 2002.

Public career

Wilson was associated with the Labour Party from its very early days of existence. He was an alderman on the Brisbane City Council, winning the ward of Merthyr in 1905 and holding it for the next sixteen years. During that time he was a member of the Brisbane Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board. In 1909 he was Mayor of Brisbane and held the distinction of welcoming Lord Kitchener when he visited Brisbane on New Year's Day, 1910. In 1925 he was once again Mayor for a short period. [2]

Australian Labor Party (Queensland Branch) State branch of the Australian Labor Party

The Australian Labor Party , commonly known as Queensland Labor is the Queensland branch of the Australian Labor Party.

Following the death of David Bowman in 1916, Wilson won the seat of Fortitude Valley in the Queensland Legislative Assembly. [5] He held the seat until his death in 1933, and was Minister for Public Instruction from 1925 until 1929. [1] As minister he initiated many reforms for the welfare of school children and a lasting tribute to his name was the Wilson Ophthalmic School at Windsor. [2] The Wilson Hospital was a specialised facility where eye diseases in children from country Queensland could be diagnosed and treated. [6]

Fortitude Valley, originally known as Hamlet of Fortitude Valley, was a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Queensland.

The Department of Education is a department of the Queensland Government in Australia.

Ophthalmology field of medicine treating eye disorders

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. An ophthalmologist is a specialist in ophthalmology. Their credentials include a degree in medicine, followed by an additional four years of ophthalmology residency training. They may or may not receive residency training in internal medicine, pediatrics, or general surgery before the ophthalmology residency. Additional training may be sought through a fellowship in a particular specialty of eye pathology. Ophthalmologists are allowed to use medications to treat eye diseases, implement laser therapy, and perform surgery when needed. Ophthalmologists may participate in academic research on the diagnosis and treatment for eye disorders.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "MR. T. WILSON DEAD". The Brisbane Courier (23,495). Queensland, Australia. 20 May 1933. p. 12. Retrieved 2 April 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  3. Family history research Queensland Government births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  4. Deceased Search Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  5. "VALLEY BY-ELECTION". The Brisbane Courier (18,163). Queensland, Australia. 3 April 1916. p. 6. Retrieved 2 April 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  6. AUS-QLD-L Archives RootsWeb.com. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Charles Buchanan
Mayor of Brisbane
1909
Succeeded by
John Hetherington
Preceded by
Maurice Barry
Mayor of Brisbane
1925
Succeeded by
William Jolly
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
David Bowman
Member for Fortitude Valley
19161933
Succeeded by
Samuel Brassington