Birth Date
29 Dec 1919 (Eidsvold, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date
02 Apr 1996 (Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia)

John Frederick and Mabel Mary Hartwig (nee Horn)

Married - Estelle Mary Carmody on 3 Sep 1946, 2 sons, 2 daughters.


1. Eidsvold Primary School

Church of England


1. Chairman, Monto Shire Council, 1964 to 1970
2. Councillor, Monto Shire Council, 1961 to 1964
3. Grazier, 'The Glen', at Gorvigen near Monto
4. Telegraph boy
5. Justice of the Peace

Party and Political Activities
Independent (IND)

Parliamentary Representation
HousePartyElectorateFromToDeparture Reason
AssemblyCN CALLIDE 27 May 197227 Mar 1981 
AssemblyIND CALLIDE 27 Mar 198101 Nov 1986Did not contest

Other Seats Contested
1. SOUTH COAST (State) 1988

Delegate to Australian Regional Conference, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 1977  
Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Papua New Guinea and South-East Asia, 1974  


1. Mr Hartwig was a popular local member. He had increased his share of the vote from 50.37 per cent at the 1972 election when he was first elected to 65.77 per cent by 1980.
2. One of his many achievements as local member was the October 1977 opening of the Yeppoon Hospital.
3. He earned a place in Queensland iconography with his suggestion in the late 1970s of celebrating Queensland Day. This idea fitted in perfectly with the newly raised levels of Queensland-centred parochialism of the period.
4. The government of the day acted on a further Hartwig suggestion when they decided to observe Queensland Day on 6 Jun, the day on which Queen Victoria began the formal process of creating Queensland rather than on 10 Dec, the day on which the state was proclaimed.
5. Mr Hartwig wanted Queensland Day to remind schoolchildren of the state's history but believed that it would lose its meaning for them if it was celebrated on a date when many schools had broken up for Christmas.
6. He was expelled from the National Party on 27 Mar 1981 for repeated criticism of its machine leaders, especially Sir Robert Sparkes, who was party president at the time. He was the first National Party member of parliament to be expelled.
7. Different reasons were advanced at the time for why he was criticising his party's leaders. National Party officials claimed that his disappointment at not making the ministry was behind his criticism, but Hartwig had been discontent with what he saw as the government's lack of concern for matters in remote areas.
8. The party's management committee decided to expel Hartwig by a majority of 33 to two. After his explusion, Hartwig made sensational claims against senior National Party members, including alleging that Joh Bjelke-Petersen had conspired with a senior ALP parliamentarian to set up a preference deal in order to get rid of some of the National Party's more troublesome Liberal colleagues.9. Unlike many other parliamentarians who have fallen out with their party, Hartwig was able to retain his seat at the next election in 1983. He also claimed that he was able to get projects underway in Callide that he could not get moving as a member of the National Party.
10. During his time as an Independent, Hartwig added to his responsibilities by winning the chairmanship of the Livingstone Shire in a landslide victory. He resigned one month before he had completed his first year as chairman. He had been under considerable pressure because of expressed doubts about the effectiveness of chairmen who were also bound to parliamentary duties.
11. In 1986, Callide was divided in half and the new seat of Broadsound was created. Hartwig considered running for Broadsound because he claimed it would be easier for him to win than his old seat but in the end he took medical advice and retired and did not contest the 1986 election.
12. Hartwig retired to the Gold Coast and he then joined the Liberal Party in 1987. Soon after that he joined the Citizens Electoral Council and won endorsement to contest the South Coast by-election in June 1988. Hartwig failed to win the seat, finishing fifth in a field of 10 with only 3.01 per cent of the vote. This was his last attempt to win public office.
13. Hartwig was haunted by the mysterious death of his son in 1971. The cause of 19-year-old Graham Hartwig's death was never determined. He was found with a strange mark on his face near an area of his father's property where Hartwig senior had earlier stumbled on a circle of dead grass six metres in diameter.
14. In the afternoon of the tragedy, the mysterious circle was forgotten, but late one afternoon in 1974 Hartwig saw two unidentified flying objects. He observed them for 10 or 12 minutes.
15. Hartwig recalled: 'Now I'm a bushman. I'm sane. I was the greatest disbeliever in flying objects yet there in the sky hung these two absolutely beautiful pale green objects, perfectly oval like gemstones. That for me is something I have never been able to answer. It takes me back to my son's death. Did he meet up with these people?'
16. Lindsay Hartwig claimed that the experience had changed his perspective on life and death.
17. Hartwig was working on an autobiograph, to be titled Inside and Out, but it was never released.
18. Chairman, Capricornia Regional Electricity Board, Rockhampton, 1967 to 1970.
19. Member, Capricornia Regional Electricity Board, Rockhampton, 1964 to 1967; and Yeppoon Lions Club.
20. President, Monto and District Show Society, six years.
21. Patron: Monto High School P&C Association; pony clubs; rifle club; tennis club; bowling club; lapidary club; Capricornia Coast Society of Arts; and the Keppel Sands Fitness and Boxing Club.
22. President, Burnett and District Local Government Association, six years.
23. Vice-Patron: TPI Rockhampton; and Subnormal Association Rockhampton.
24. As a grazier, Hartwig pioneered the first aerial sowing of pasture seed in Queensland in 1949 and bulldozer scrub clearance.

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