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Browne, William Henry (Billy)

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Birth Date: 13 September 1846 (Pimlico, London, England)

Death Date: 12 April 1904 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: William Henry Browne and Eliza (nee Barton)

Religion: Church of England


Merchant marine; Goldminer at Araluen, NSW, 1866; Miner, Gympie, Charters Towers, Palmer, Herberton and Croydon fields, from 1868

Party Positions:

  1. (ALP) Chairman of the parliamentary Labor Party, 1900 - 1903

Local Government Service: Alderman, Croydon

Military Service: Royal Navy seaman, 1857

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Croydon 18 Apr 1893 12 Apr 1904 Died in Office

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Secretary for Mines & Public Works 17 Sep 1903 12 Apr 1904
Leader of Opposition 1900 1903
Secretary for Mines & Public Instruction 1 Dec 1899 7 Dec 1899

Additional Information

Notes: President and Secretary Amalgamated Miners' Association, Croydon

Sources: Image courtesy of State Library of Queensland, Neg:68208; Australian Dictionary of Biography - online edition; Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)