Smith, William Forgan
|born on||15 April 1887 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )|
|Place||Dundee, Scotland, 56n28, 3w0|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||24°44' 23°16 Asc. 24°43'|
Australian politician, the Premier of the state of Queensland from 1932 to 1942. He came to dominate politics in the state during the 1930s, and his populism, firm leadership, defence of states' rights and interest in state development make him something of an archetypal Queensland Premier. He represented the Australian Labor Party (ALP).
Like most Queensland Premiers, Forgan Smith was an advocate of development. As such, he could put the relief work programs to good use building infrastructure and undertaking other capital works projects. He embarked on a number of ambitious ones, including the Story Bridge, an upgrade of Mackay Harbour, the Somerset Dam (which was not completed until after the end of his premiership) and a new building for the University of Queensland at St. Lucia that now bears his name.
He died in Sydney on 25 September 1953.
Sy Scholfield requested data from Caroline Gerard who quoted birth certificate.
Born in Invergowrie, part of Dundee.
- Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Australian Labor Party)
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (Premier of Queensland, 1932-1942)