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Gledson, David Alexander

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Birth Date: 1877 (Saintfield, Down, Ireland)

Death Date: 14 May 1949 (Ipswich, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: William Gledson and Mary (nee Magill)

Family: Susannah Jane Bird on 24 February 1904, 1 son, 2 daughters

Education: Bundamba State School; Ipswich Technical College

Religion: Methodist


Accountant; Executive and Court Advocate, Queensland Colliery Employees Union, 1915; Organising Secretary, Queensland Colliery Employees Union, 1908 to 1917; Coal miner, Tivoli Mine, 1890

Party Positions:

  1. (ALP) Representative, Queensland Central Executive, 1916 - 1920
  2. (ALP) Delegate, QCE Convention, 1920 - 1932
  3. (ALP) Member, Central Executive of ALP, 1926 - 1928

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Ipswich 22 May 1915 11 May 1929
Assembly ALP Ipswich 11 Jun 1932 14 May 1949 Died in office

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Attorney-General 8 Dec 1941 14 May 1949
Secretary for Mines 4 Aug 1939 8 Dec 1941
Member, Executive Council 16 Feb 1939 3 Aug 1939
Assistant Secretary for Agriculture and Stock 16 Feb 1939 3 Aug 1939
Secretary for Labour and Industry 6 Sep 1926 21 May 1929
Minister without Office 22 Oct 1925 6 Sep 1926

Additional Information

Notes: In 1905, he helped to found the Queensland Colliery Employees Union. Mr Gledson won a certificate of competency as a mine manager, and in 1908 was appointed first full-time secretary to the Queensland Colliery Employees Union. Mr Gledson helped establish this mine after the strike in 1905. Chairman, Miners Pensions Tribunal

Sources: Image courtesy of Queensland State Archives, Digital Image ID 3760.; McMullin, Ross The Light on the Hill: Extreme Pairing http://www.bloggingthebookshelf.com/2011/08/24/with-rumours-of-further-alp-defections-and-labors/</; Queensland Parliamentary Debates, Motion of Condolence, Third session of the 31st Parliament, Vol. CXCVI, 2 Aug 1949, pp. 8-9 (Brisbane, Qld: Government Printer); Cribb, Margaret Bridson, 'Gledson, David Alexander (1877–1949)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/gledson-david-alexander-6401

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