Edward Swayne

Edward Swayne

Members of the opposition party Queensland Parliament 1909 – Swayne is on the left, middle row.
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Mackay
In office
18 May 1907  27 April 1912
Serving with Walter Paget
Preceded by Albert Fudge
Succeeded by Walter Paget
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Mirani
In office
27 April 1912  11 May 1935
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Ted Walsh
Personal details
Born Edward Bowdich Swayne
(1857-12-04)4 December 1857
Erith, Kent, England
Died 15 June 1946(1946-06-15) (aged 88)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political party Country and Progressive National Party
Other political
Opposition, Ministerial, Liberal, Nationalist, Northern Country Party, Country Party
Spouse(s) Margaret Ellen Thompson, Olive Lilian Kay
Occupation Farmer
Religion Presbyterian

Edward Bowdich Swayne (4 December 1857 – 15 June 1946) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]


Swayne was born in Erith, Kent, the son of Herbert Wigan Swayne (1819–1891) and his wife Eugenia Keir (née Bowdich) (1823–1875). When he arrived in Queensland he took up farming.[1]

He was married twice, first to Margaret Ellen Thompson (1867–1915) whom he married in Mackay, and then he married Olive Lilian Kay (1890–1960) in Brisbane. He died in Brisbane in June 1946 and was cremated at the Mt Thompson Crematorium.[2]

Edward had five children from his first marriage John Bowdich Swayne (1894–1971), Ellen Eugenia Swayne (1895–1964), Florence May Swayne (1897–1946), Edward Vincent Hay Swayne (1899–1970) and Wallis Eric Swayne (1905–1994).

Public career

Swayne represented several political parties during his time in parliament including the Opposition Party, the Ministerialists, Liberal, Nationalist, the Northern Country Party, the Country Party, and the Country and Progressive National Party. He started in politics as a councilor in the Pioneer Shire Council.[1]

He won the seat of Mackay in the Queensland Legislative Assembly, representing the electorate with Walter Paget at the 1907 Queensland state election.[3] He held Mackay until the 1912 election when it became a one seat constituency and he then was elected to the new seat of Mirani. He remained the member for that seat until 11 May 1935 when he retired from politics.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. "Family Notices". The Courier-mail (2984). Queensland, Australia. 17 June 1946. p. 10. Retrieved 23 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "BURNETT.". The Brisbane Courier. LXIII, (15,398). Queensland, Australia. 20 May 1907. p. 6. Retrieved 23 May 2016 via National Library of Australia.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Albert Fudge
Member for Mackay
Served alongside: Walter Paget
Succeeded by
Walter Paget
New seat Member for Mirani
Succeeded by
Ted Walsh
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