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14 May 1881 Lionel Hill

 14 May 1881   Lionel Hill

Lionel Laughton Hill was born in Adelaide on 14 May 1881, the son of a farmer, and lived in Maitland until he was 12 years old. He first worked for a city chaff merchant and then at the railway workshops at Islington from 1901-1914. Known as 'Slogger', he came to prominence as a footballer, playing for Norwood, West Adelaide and North Adelaide, and played in the first interstate match in Melbourne in 1901. 

From 1910 to 1924 he was State Secretary of the Tramways Employes' Union and Federal President from 1912 to 1924. He was President of the SA Branch of the Labour Party 1917-18. He was elected to the House of Assembly in 1915 for East Torrens, but from 1918 -1933 he represented Port Pirie. He became Premier of South Australia in 1926, on the resignation of John Gunn, but was defeated at the polls in 1927. He was again Premier from 1930-33 when he left to become Agent-General in London. From 1934 to 1943 he was Chairman of the ACT Industrial Board.

Hill died at Norwood on 19 March 1963.

The Advertiser, 20 March 1963, p. 3.
Bede Nairn, Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9.

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