John Mullan (Australian politician)

The Hon
John Mullan
Senator for Queensland
In office
1 July 1913  30 June 1917
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Charters Towers
In office
05 February 1908  27 April 1912
Serving with Vernon Winstanley
Preceded by William Paull
Succeeded by Robert Wynn Williams
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Flinders
In office
16 March 1918  11 June 1932
Preceded by John May
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Carpentaria
In office
11 June 1932  29 March 1941
Succeeded by Alfred James Smith
Personal details
Born (1871-09-08)8 September 1871
Dublin, Ireland
Died 1 October 1941(1941-10-01) (aged 70)
Brisbane, Queensland
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality Irish Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Mary Ellen Farrelly
Occupation Trade union organiser
Religion Roman Catholic

John Mullan (8 September 1871 1 October 1941)[1] was an Irish-born Australian politician.

Early life

Born in Dublin, where he was educated, he migrated to Australia in 1889, becoming a clerk and railway worker. He was an organiser of the Charters Towers Miners' Union and the Australian Workers' Union.[2]


In 1908 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Labor member for Charters Towers, where he remained until 1912.[1] In 1913 he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Labor Senator for Queensland. He remained in the Senate until his defeat in 1917,[2] after which he returned to the Queensland Legislative Assembly as the member for Flinders in 1918.[1] He served as Attorney-General from 1920 to 1929. In 1932, he changed seats, moving to Carpentaria,[1] and resumed his position as Attorney-General, which he retained until 1940.

Later life

Mullan died in 1941 and was accorded a State funeral which took place from St Stephen's Cathedral to the Toowong Cemetery.[3][4]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  2. 1 2 Mullan, John (1871–1941) Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  3. "Family Notices.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 3 October 1941. p. 10. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. Mullan, John Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
William Paull
Member for Charters Towers
1908 – 1912
Served alongside: Vernon Winstanley
Succeeded by
Robert Wynn Williams
Preceded by
John May
Member for Flinders
1918 – 1932
New seat Member for Carpentaria
1932 – 1941
Succeeded by
Alfred James Smith

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