John Hamilton (Australian politician)

John Hamilton (Australian politician)

John Hamilton (19 August 1841 – 7 December 1916), also known as John Dinwoodie, was an Australian politician.

He was born in Melbourne to saddler John Dinwoodie and Janet, née McFarlane. He was sent to a private tutor in England before travelling to Rockhampton with the intention to become a pastoralist. He instead became a gold miner at the Calliope gold rush and moved to Gympie in 1867, where he became a magistrate under the name John Hamilton. He also practiced as a doctor despite his lack of qualifications, and in 1877 was a surgeon to the hospital at the gold rush, where he attracted publicity with a public dispute with the local warden and a successful defamation case after allegations that he seduced the daughter of a friend of the local editor. In 1878 he was elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Gympie and supported Thomas McIlwraith's conservative group. In 1883 he changed seat to Cook, winning the election amid allegations of vote rigging.

Hamilton supported the North Queensland separatist movement and continued to support McIlwraith's conservative successors, becoming a significant but occasionally rebellious backbencher, successfully opposing the attempted reduction of parliamentary salaries in 1893 and defeating the nomination of Alfred Cowley as Speaker in 1899. In 1903 he lost his post as government whip and in 1904 lost his seat to a Labour candidate. He retired, and died in 1916 at Brisbane Hospital, having never married.


Retrieved from : http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Hamilton_(Australian_politician)&oldid=465636108