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Dash, Hon John

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Birth Date: 31 October 1882 (Blackall, Queensland, Australia)

Death Date: 1 January 1952 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: John Dash and Margaret (nee Mahoney)

Family: Violet Alone on 13 February 1911, 3 daughters

Education: Blackall State School

Religion: Roman Catholic


President, Queensland Australian Workers Union, 1925; Organiser and District Secretary, Australian Workers Union, Townsville, 1912 to 1920; Northern Organiser, Amalgamated Workers Association, 1911; Secretary and Organiser, North Queensland Western Workers Association (Cloncurry District), 1910; Secretary, Western Workers Association, 1909; Miner, Mt Elliott; Secretary, Miners Union; Stockman, Fort Constantine Station

Party Positions:

  1. (ALP) Member, Queensland Central Executive, 1915 - 1916
  2. (ALP) Delegate, Labor-in-Politics convention, 1918 - 1932
  3. (ALP) Member, Queensland Central Executive, 1924 - 1927
  4. (ALP) Delegate, Queensland Central Executive, 1932 - 1939

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Mundingburra 9 Oct 1920 15 Apr 1944 Did not contest

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Minister for Transport 17 Jun 1932 4 Aug 1939

Additional Information

Notes: In the seven years he was a minister, he was responsible for only three pieces of legislation being introduced. Mr Dash was given a state funeral which was held on 2 Jan 1952 at St Stephen's Cathedral in Brisbane

Sources: Queensland Parliamentary Debates, Motion of Condolence, Second session of the 32nd Parliament, Vol. 203, 11 Mar 1952, pp. 4-5 (Brisbane, Qld: Government Printers); Queensland Government Gazette, Vol. CLXXIX, 2 Jan 1942, No. 1, pp. 1-2; Moles, I., A majority of one: Ttom Aikens and Independent politics in Townsville, pp. 93, 98, 130-131 (Brisbane, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1979); Nairn, B. and Serle, G., Autralian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8: 1891-1939, Cl-Gib, pp. 213-214 (Melbourne, Vic: Melbourne University Press) 

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