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Biographical entry Gunn, John (1884 - 1959)

Bendigo, Victoria
Politician - State - SA (MHA or MLC)


Born in Bendigo, Gunn moved to Melbourne in 1901 to work as a tea-packer and trolley driver. He moved to Adelaide with his wife in 1909 and became President of the South Australian Branch of the Federated Carters and Drivers’ Union. He became Federal President of the Union in 1916. He was elected to the House of Assembly as a representative of the United Labor Party in 1915 but resigned over the conscription issue later. He returned to politics after gaining a seat for Adelaide in the 1918 State election. He was elected Premier in 1924 but resigned in 1926 to join the Federal Government as a senior public servant, where he remained until 1935. John Gunn died in 1959.

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Blewett, Neal, 'John Gunn', in Serle, Geoffrey and Nairn, Bede (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 141-142. Details

Online Resources

Ross G. Elford