Alexander Wilson (Australian politician)

Alexander Wilson (Australian politician)

Alexander Wilson (7 June 1880 – 26 January 1954) was an Australian politician. Born in County Down, Ireland, he was educated at Belfast and migrated to Australia in 1908, becoming a farmer at Ultima, Victoria. He was prominent as a leader of Victorian wheatgrowers. In 1937, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the member for Wimmera, running as an independent Country candidate and defeating Country Party member Hugh McClelland. In 1941 he joined with the House's other independent, Arthur Coles, in voting against the budget of Country Party Prime Minister Arthur Fadden, bringing down Fadden's government and handing the premiership to Labor's John Curtin. After this, Wilson supported the Curtin government. He held the seat until his retirement on 31 December 1945 to become the Administrator of Norfolk Island, a position he held until 1952. He retired to a farm at Swan Hill and died in 1954.cite web|last=Carr|first=Adam|title=Australian Election Archive|work=Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive|url=|year=2008|accessdate=2008-07-05]


NAME = Wilson, Alexander
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Australian politician
DATE OF BIRTH = 7 June 1880
PLACE OF BIRTH = County Down, Ireland
DATE OF DEATH = 26 January 1954

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