Andrew (Anderson) Dawson

Andrew (Anderson) Dawson (1863-1910) was a miner and later a newspaper editor and proprietor. A unionist, republican and Federationist, he was a reformer, not an ideologue. He entered the Queensland parliament in 1893. As Premier (1-7 December 1899), he led the first Labour (Labor) government in the world. He was a senator (1901-06) and minister (1904) in federal parliament. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography.


1 December 1899

World’s first Labour government

The first Labour government in the world takes office in the colony of Queensland. It is a minority government led by Anderson Dawson, and lasts for just seven days before being defeated by the conservative opposition party led by Robert Philp.


The Honorable Anderson (Andrew) Dawson.