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Nelson, Rev Dr William Lambie

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Birth Date: 1807 (Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland)

Death Date: 13 June 1887 (Southport, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Robert Nelson and Jane (nee Lambie)

Family: (2) Sarah Pring on 21 July 1886, (1) Agnes Muir, 1 son, 2 daughters

Education: Edinburgh University

Religion: Presbyterian

Relationship to Politician: His son, Sir Hugh Nelson went on to serve as Premier from 27 October 1893 to 13 April 1898


Served as acting Presbyterian minister at St Stephen's, Edinburgh, and Inveresk; Served as Presbyterian minister in the district of Ipswich from 1853 to 1860, Toowoomba in 1868, St John's, Southport

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NONE West Moreton 3 May 1860 22 Jun 1860

Additional Information

Notes: He won the seat of West Moreton at the first general election; However, on the meeting of the first parliament a petition was presented to the Legislative Assembly against his return on the grounds that being an ordained clergyman he was disqualified for election; The petition was referred to the Committee of Elections and Qualifications and the report declared that his election was null and void

Sources: Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser, 14 June 1887; Hogan, Janet, Building Queensland's Heritage, The National Trust of Queensland; Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

[Last Modified: Monday, 28 August 2017]