Arthur Rae

Arthur Edward George Rae (14 March 1860 – 25 November 1943) was a New Zealand-born Australian politician. Born in Christchurch to Charles and Ann Rae (née Beldam),[1] he received a primary education at Blenheim before migrating to Australia in 1878, where he became a miner, shearer and journalist. He was secretary of the New South Wales Shearers' Union during the 1890 strike. He also served as Vice-President, President and Honorary-General Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union. In 1891, he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as one of the three members for Murrumbidgee, leaving the Assembly in 1894. In 1910, Rae was elected to the Australian Senate as a Labor Senator from New South Wales. He held the seat until his defeat in 1914. He returned to the Senate, after a break of over ten years, in 1929 (elected in 1928). After the Labor split of 1931, Rae joined the Lang Labor group, but was defeated as a Lang Labor candidate in 1934. Rae died in 1943.[2][3]

Arthur Rae
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Senator for New South Wales
In office
1 July 1910 – 5 September 1914
In office
1 July 1929 – 30 June 1935
Personal details
Born(1860-03-14)14 March 1860
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died25 November 1943(1943-11-25) (aged 83)
Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
NationalityNew Zealander
Political partyLabor (1910–31)
Lang Labor (1931–35)
RelationsCharles Rae (father)
OccupationShearer, journalist


  1. ^ Roth, Herbert. "Charles Joseph Rae". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Mr Arthur RAE (1860–1943)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
David Copland
Member for Murrumbidgee
Served alongside: Dibbs, Gormly
Succeeded by
Thomas Fitzpatrick