Daniel McNamara

Daniel Laurence McNamara (28 March 1876 28 December 1947) was an Australian politician.

He was born at Pomborneit to farmer Michael McNamara and Mary Taff. He worked as a produce agent in Melbourne from 1906 to 1909, and in 1907 joined the Australian Workers' Union (AWU). He was involved in founding the Rural Workers Union in 1909 and represented both unions on the Trades Hall Council. From 1909 to 1947 he served on the Australian Labor Party state executive. On 1 May 1915 he married Florence May Spinks, with whom he had three children. He was instrumental in the merger of the Rural Workers Union with the AWU and the Queensland General Workers Union (191213), and served on Berwick Shire Council from 1910 to 1910 (president 190607). In 1916 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for Melbourne West Province, but his election was declared void two months later. He won election for Melbourne East Province in 1917. He was briefly Minister of Mines and Forests in 1924, and served as Assistant Minister of Health from 1931 to 1932. In 1937 his province was abolished and he moved to Melbourne Province. He was Minister of Lands, Forests and Water briefly in 1943. McNamara died at East St Kilda in 1947.[1]


  1. Parliament of Victoria (2001). "McNamara, Daniel Laurence". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
Victorian Legislative Council
Preceded by
John Aikman
Member for Melbourne West
Served alongside: Arthur Disney
Succeeded by
John Aikman
Preceded by
Adam McLellan
Member for Melbourne East
Served alongside: John Jones; William Beckett
Preceded by
Henry Cohen
Member for Melbourne
Served alongside: Sir George Wales; Paul Jones; William Beckett
Succeeded by
Fred Thomas
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