John Payne (Queensland politician)

John Payne
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Mitchell
In office
13 May 1905  14 January 1928
Preceded by Arthur Cooper
Succeeded by Richard Bow
Personal details
Born John Payne
(1860-11-09)9 November 1860
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Died 14 January 1928(1928-01-14) (aged 67)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Longreach Cemetery
Nationality Australian
Political party ALP
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Catherine Ahern (m.1892 d.1924)
Occupation Shearer, Blacksmith
Religion Roman Catholic

John Payne (9 November 1860 – 14 January 1928) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]


Payne was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, the son of William Payne and his wife Mary (née Brogham). He was educated at state and private Schools in New South Wales.[1] He came to Queensland in 1882 where he worked as a shearer, and general bush worker and in 1885 opened a blacksmith and wheelwright business at Arrilalah, which lasted about a year. He went back to shearing until 1890 and the next year held an important position on the Second Strike Committee and later that year opened another blacksmith and wheelwright business in Longreach which he operated for four years.[2]

On the 2nd July 1892 Payne married Elizabeth Catherine Ahern[1] (died 1924)[3] and together had three sons and six daughters.[1] He died at the Ingarfield Private Hospital in Brisbane in January 1928 and after a service at Corpus Christi Catholic Church at Nundah his body was shipped by train to Longreach for his burial.[2]

Public life

Having previously been an organiser for the Amalgamated Workers' Union, Payne, a member of the Labour Party, won the 1905 by-election for the seat of Mitchell,[4] to replace the previous member, Arthur Cooper who had returned to England.[5] He went on to represent the seat until his death in 1928.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. 1 2 "DIED ON SATURDAY". Sunday Mail (242). Queensland, Australia. 15 January 1928. p. 3. Retrieved 12 April 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  3. Family history research Queensland Government births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  4. "MITCHELL ELECTION.". The Brisbane Courier. LXI, (14,770). Queensland, Australia. 15 May 1905. p. 5. Retrieved 12 April 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  5. Cooper, Arthur Charles Parliament of Queensland. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Arthur Cooper
Member for Mitchell
Succeeded by
Richard Bow

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