O'Sullivan, Edward William
|born on||18 March 1846 at 00:01 (= 12:01 AM )|
|Place||Launceston, Australia, 41s26, 147e08|
|Timezone||LMT m147e08 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||26°38' 19°05 Asc. 15°15'|
Australian politician and journalist who promoted Federation and a republican Australia, and espoused the vote for women and other reforms such as the 8-hour working day and old age pensions.
Moving to Melbourne in 1874, he married a milliner, Agnes Ann Firman, four years later, on December 17, 1878. With unsuccessful bids for a seat in the Legislative Assembly for New South Wales in 1882 and 1885, he later was elected and held a seat in Parliament for 19 years. There he espoused the protectionist cause, advancing national independence and defending the rights of the workers and farmers.
He strongly supported the Constitution Bill in June 1891.arguing that the times required an Australian union. He was Minister for Public Works in the Ministry of Sir John See from September 1899 until June 1904 and Secretary of Lands in the following Waddell Ministry.
He died in Sydney on April 25, 1910.
- Work : Lose social status 1882 (lost bid for New South Wales Legislative Assembly)
- Work : Lose social status 1895 (lost election)
Sy Scholfield quotes the book by Bruce Mansfield, "Australian Democrat: The Career of Edward William O'Sullivan, 1846-1910" (Sydney: Sydney UP, 1965) p. 2, which states he was born at midnight between the 17th and 18th with his parents recording his birth as on the 17th March, St. Patrick's Day.
- Vocation : Politics : Candidate and lost
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (19 years)
- Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist