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Reid, Matthew

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Birth Date: 30 September 1856 (Dalmellington, Ayrshire, Scotland)

Death Date: 28 August 1947 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Elizabeth Reid

Family: Mary Smart in London on 24 June 1879, 1 son, 2 daughters

Religion: Theosophist


Trained as carpenter, Glasgow and London; Member, Social Demographic Federation; Became tailor and outfitter, from 1902; Chairman of Royal Commission into Cockatoo Island Dockyard, 1921

Party Positions:

  1. (QLP) Chairman of central political executive
  2. (QLP) Organizer, 1907 - 1909

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Toowong 18 Apr 1893 21 May 1896
Assembly ALP Enoggera 23 Dec 1899 11 May 1902 By-election

Other Seats: Senator (Federal) for Queensland, National Party, 1 Jul 1917 to 30 Jun 1935

Additional Information

Notes: In 1893 Reid became Toowong's first and only ALP member in the Legislative Assembly; During World War I he supported conscription and joined the National Party; In 1924 he called for the enfranchisement of resident Indians in Australia

Sources: Imaged courtesy of the National Library of Australia nla.obj-136836535; Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol II: 1891-1939; Waterson, D B, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)