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Turley, Joseph Henry Lewis

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Birth Date: 24 April 1859 (Gloucester, England)

Death Date: 5 June 1929 (South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Charles Turley and Agnes (nee Oliver)

Family: Mary Smith in Brisbane on 15 May 1886, 1 son, 3 daughters

Education: rixham and Torbay, England

Religion: Congregationalist


Went to sea as a youth, travelled as a sailor until arriving in Queensland in 1879; Worked as a wharf 'lumper' in Brisbane; Shipping master, Harbours and Rivers Department, 1919 to 1921; Storeman, Commonwealth Mercantile Marine Office, 1921

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Brisbane South 18 Apr 1893 11 Mar 1899
Assembly ALP Brisbane South 22 Jul 1899 11 Mar 1902 By-election

Other Seats: Senator (Federal) for Qld, ALP, 1 Jan 1904 to 30 Jun 1917; President Senate from1 July 1910 to 8 July 1913

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Home Secretary 1 Dec 1899 7 Dec 1899

Additional Information

Notes: Turley was made Home Secretary during Andrew Dawson's short-lived first Labor Government in Queensland in 1899. Turley caused a minor but symbolic furore in 1910 when, as President of the Senate, he rejected the traditional dress of his office for ordinary clothes

Sources: Image courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg:197806; Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)