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Midgley, Alfred

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Birth Date: 24 February 1849 (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)

Death Date: 25 February 1930 (Corinda, Brisbane, Australia)

Parents: Mary (nee Hannah) Father unknown

Family: (2) Sarah Ellen Baron on 6 October 1886, 2 sons, 4 daughters, (1) Sarah Elizabeth Vowles on 3 February 1875, 2 sons, 2 daughters

Education: Oxford Place Academy, Leeds

Religion: Wesleyan


Arrive in Brisbane, 1870; Engineer, Rockhampton, 1870 to 1873; Methodist minister, Ipswich 1871 to 1873, Toowoomba 1873 to 1876; and Albert Street Brisbane 1876 to 1878; Produce merchant Brisbane 1879; Poet

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NONE Fassifern 7 Sep 1883 20 Jul 1887

Additional Information

Notes: Subject of the book by Zoe O'Leary, The Little Byron: The life of A. Midgley, Queensland poet, parliamentarian and Methodist pioneer, Sydney, 1982

Publications: Poems (Brisbane 1908), The Queensland Illustrated Guide (Brisbane 1888), Helen Young and other Poems (Toowoomba 1873)

Sources: Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

[Last Modified: Wednesday, 6 December 2017]