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Riordan, William James

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Birth Date: 20 April 1882 (Mackay, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date: 15 September 1955 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: William Riordan and Mary (nee Walsh)

Family: (2) Lyla Elizabeth Boland on 2 October 1943, (1) Annie Helen Page on 28 March 1907, 1 son, 2 daughters

Education: Mackay State School

Religion: Roman Catholic

Relationship to Politician: William's brother David Riordan was the Member for Burke 1918-1929; William's brother Ernest Riordan was the Member for Bowen 1936-1944; Flinders 1950-1954


Labourer, Cairns-Mulgrave railway; Fireman and driver, Chillagoe Railway Co.; President, Chillagoe Amalgamated Workers' Association; Organiser, Far North Australia Workers' Union, 1903; State president, Far North Australia Workers' Union, 1916-1925; State secretary, Far North Australia Workers' Union, 1925-1933; Member, Queensland Industrial Court, 1933-1953; Director, 'Daily Standard' and 'Worker' (Brisbane); Chairman, Royal Commission on Offcourse Betting, 1951-1952

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Council ALP Legislative Council 10 Oct 1917 23 Mar 1922 Council Abolished

Additional Information

Notes: Contested Senate in 1925

Sources: Image courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg:184968; Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)