Arthur Coburn

Arthur Coburn
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Burdekin
In office
29 April 1950  17 May 1969
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Val Bird
Personal details
Born Arthur Coburn
(1897-07-13)13 July 1897
Ravenswood, Queensland, Australia
Died 29 August 1969(1969-08-29) (aged 72)
Ayr, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Mildred Gist (m.1926)
Occupation School Teacher
Religion Methodist

Arthur Coburn (13 July 1897 - 29 August 1969) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]


Coburn was born in Ravenswood, Queensland, the son of William Coburn and his wife Sarah Ann (née Wood). After receiving his education at Ravenswood State School he embarked on a career as a school teacher which took him across Queensland as he was transferred between schools.[1]

On the 29th December 1926 Coburn married Mildred Gist[1] (died 1985).[2] Coburn died at Ayr in August 1969.[1]

Public career

After twice competing unsuccessfully for the seat of Mundingburra at the 1944[3] and 1947[4] state elections, Coburn won the new seat of Burdekin at the 1950 Queensland state election.[5] He went on to represent the electorate for 19 years, retiring from parliament in 1969.[1] For his entire time in state politics, Coburn sat as an Independent.[1]

Coburn was President of the Queensland Teachers Union (Lower Burdekin Branch), founder of the Methodist Eisteddfod Movement in 1931 and Chairman of the Ayr Hospital Board. He was also a Past Master of the Fuller Masonic Lodge, an Office bearer of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a representative of the local Temperance League.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. Family history research Queensland Government births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. "HOW STATE VOTED FOR NEW PARLIAMENT". The Courier-mail (3310). Queensland, Australia. 17 April 1944. p. 4. Retrieved 9 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  4. "How State Voted For New Parliament". The Courier-mail (3258). Queensland, Australia. 5 May 1947. p. 6. Retrieved 9 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  5. "LATEST POLL FIGURES". The Courier-mail (4189). Queensland, Australia. 1 May 1950. p. 4. Retrieved 9 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Burdekin
Succeeded by
Val Bird
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