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George Shaw (Queensland politician)

George Shaw
Member of the Australian Parliament for Dawson
In office
30 November 1963 – 9 January 1966
Preceded byCharles Davidson
Succeeded byRex Patterson
Personal details
Born(1913-07-28)28 July 1913
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Died9 January 1966(1966-01-09) (aged 52)
South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Cause of deathCerebral hemorrhage
Resting placeMount Thompson Crematorium, Holland Park
Political partyCountry
  • Sugar mill manager
  • politician

George William Shaw (28 July 1913 – 9 January 1966) was an Australian politician. He was a Country Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1963 until his death in 1966, representing the electorate of Dawson.

Shaw was born in Rockhampton and was educated at Mackay High School.[1][2] He was assistant secretary (1933-1935) and secretary (1935-1943) of the Cattle Creek Co-operative Sugar Milling Association, which operated the Cattle Creek Sugar Mill at Finch Hatton. He was then general manager of the large sugar mill at Farleigh from 1943 to 1964 and was credited with undertaking a rebuilding program at the mill after World War II.[3][4][2] From 1949, Shaw was the inaugural deputy chairman of Sugar Research Ltd, which established the industry-backed Sugar Research Institute at Mackay.[5] He was also a state government representative on the Mackay Harbour Board from 1961 to 1963.[3]

In 1963, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Country Party member for Dawson. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on 29 December 1965, the closing date for nominations for preselection to recontest his seat, and defeated a preselection challenge while in hospital, but died in the Mater Hospital, Brisbane on 9 January. He was cremated at the Mount Thompson Crematorium.[6][7][8] In the resulting by-election, Dawson was won by Labor for the first time.[9][3]


  1. ^ "Biography for SHAW, George William". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b "MACKAY NOTES". Townsville Daily Bulletin. Vol. LVII, no. 94. Queensland, Australia. 20 April 1935. p. 11. Retrieved 6 August 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ a b c "DEATH OF MR. GEORGE WILLIAM SHAW, M.P". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  4. ^ "PERSONAL". Daily Mercury. Vol. 77, no. 12. Queensland, Australia. 14 January 1943. p. 2. Retrieved 6 August 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Institute is symbolic of 80 years progress". Daily Mercury. Vol. 87, no. 200. Queensland, Australia. 22 August 1953. p. 6. Retrieved 6 August 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "CP member dies after ballot win". The Age. 10 January 1966. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Sick MP holds seat". The Age. 8 January 1966. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Funeral of MP from Queensland". The Age. 12 January 1966. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  9. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
Parliament of Australia Preceded byCharles Davidson Member for Dawson 1963–1966 Succeeded byRex Patterson

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