George Lambert (Australian politician)

George James Lambert (6 April 1879 – 30 June 1941) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1916 to 1930 and again from 1933 until his death. He worked as a metallurgist before entering politics.

George Lambert
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
15 August 1916 – 12 April 1930
Preceded byCharles McDowall
Succeeded byNone (seat abolished)
ConstituencyCoolgardie
In office
8 April 1933 – 30 June 1941
Preceded byEdwin Corboy
Succeeded byLionel Kelly
ConstituencyYilgarn-Coolgardie
Personal details
Born(1879-04-06)6 April 1879
Malmsbury, Victoria, Australia
Died30 June 1941(1941-06-30) (aged 62)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLabor

Early lifeEdit

Lambert was born in Malmsbury, Victoria, to Sarah Ann (née Smith) and William Richard Lambert. He trained in metallurgy at the school of mines in Kyneton, and in 1896 moved to Western Australia, where he set up as a metallurgical assayer in Boulder.[1] Lambert eventually established a chemical supply company, and was also in partnership with Frederick Teesdale for a time in a plaster company. He served for periods on the Boulder and Kalgoorlie Municipal Councils, and was also a president of the Goldfields Football League.[2]

Politics and later lifeEdit

Lambert entered parliament at the 1916 Coolgardie by-election, caused by the death of Charles McDowall. He retained Coolgardie with comfortable majorities until it was abolished in a redistribution prior to the 1930 state election. Most of the seat was incorporated into the new seat of Yilgarn-Coolgardie, along with the majority of the seat of Yilgarn. Because both Coolgardie and Yilgarn were Labor safe seats, the party decided to forgo a preselection contest for the new seat and instead endorse multiple candidates.[3] At the election, Edwin Corboy, the member for Yilgarn, outpolled Lambert by just four votes. Lambert subsequently lodged a petition alleging voting irregularities,[4] but the Court of Disputed Returns ruled in Corboy's favour.[5]

After leaving parliament, Lambert worked for three years as the personal secretary of Philip Collier, the premier.[1] He recontested Labor preselection in Yilgarn-Coolgardie prior to the 1933 state election, and defeated Corboy with a large majority.[6] Lambert recorded an easy victory at the general election. However, his majority was narrowed to 178 votes at the 1936 election, and at the 1939 election he had to rely on preferences for the first time in his career.[3] Lambert died in Perth in July 1941, aged 62, after a brief illness. He had married Elizabeth Everett Fleming in 1920, with whom he had two children.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c George James Lambert – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ "THE NEW MEMBER", Kalgoorlie Miner, 15 August 1916.
  3. ^ a b Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.
  4. ^ "Yilgarn-Coolgardie Election", Westralian Worker, 16 May 1930.
  5. ^ "MR. CORBOY ELECTED", The Daily News, 10 July 1930.
  6. ^ "YILGARN-COOLGARDIE SELECTION BALLOT", Westralian Worker, 29 July 1932.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Charles McDowall
Member for Coolgardie
1916–1930
Abolished
Preceded by
Edwin Corboy
Member for Yilgarn-Coolgardie
1933–1941
Succeeded by
Lionel Kelly