Timothy Donovan

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Timothy Donovan
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
19 February 1920 23 March 1922
Personal details
Born
Timothy John Donovan

1873
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died27 August 1939 (aged 65 or 66)
Sydney, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political party Labor
Spouse(s)Ann Martha Bennett (m. 1904, d. 1967)
OccupationNewspaper manager

Timothy John Donovan (1873 – 27 August 1939) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Council. [1]

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Early life

Donovan was born at Brisbane, Queensland to Timothy James Donovan and his wife Maria Grace (née White) and educated at Brisbane Normal School. [1] His involvement with The Worker newspaper began when he was a boy and he ended up becoming its manager. [2]

Political career

When the Labour Party starting forming governments in Queensland, it found much of its legislation being blocked by a hostile Council, where members had been appointed for life by successive conservative governments. After a failed referendum in May 1917, [3] Premier Ryan tried a new tactic, and later that year advised the Governor, Sir Hamilton John Goold-Adams, to appoint thirteen new members whose allegiance lay with Labour to the Council. [4] The Council, however, continued to reject the government's money bills and in 1918 Ryan advised Goold-Adams to appoint additional Labour members, but this time he refused the request. [4]

In 1920, the new Premier Ted Theodore appointed a further 14 new members to the Council [5] with Donovan among the appointees. [1] He served for two years until the Council was abolished in March 1922. [1]

Donovan's political career ended in 1924 as an alderman with the Brisbane City Council. [1] He then moved to Sydney in 1926 to take up an appointment as manager of The Australian Worker newspaper, holding the position until ill health forced his retirement from the job several months before his death. [2]

Personal life

On 19 October 1904, Donovan married Ann Martha Bennett in Brisbane and together had two daughters. He was a member of the Australian Workers' Union, [1] helped establish the Queensland Rugby League, [2] and was a life member of the Australian Natives' Association. [1]

Donovan died in Sydney in August 1939, and was cremated at Woronora crematorium. [6]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 "T. J. DONOVAN PASSES". The Worker . Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 29 August 1939. p. 6. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  3. "TWO HOUSES, NOT ONE". The Brisbane Courier . National Library of Australia. 7 May 1917. p. 7. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  4. 1 2 Goold-Adams, Sir Hamilton John (1858–1920) Australian Dictionary of Biography . Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  5. "LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL". The Morning Bulletin . Rockhampton, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 20 February 1920. p. 9. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  6. "Family Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald . National Library of Australia. 29 August 1939. p. 9. Retrieved 8 April 2015.