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The basics
Quick Facts
Countries Australia
Gender male
Birth 1 April 1890 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)
Death 12 November 1966
Star sign AriesAries
The details
Biography

Robert James "Bob" Gardner (1 April 1890 - 12 November 1966) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Biography

Gardner was born in Brisbane, Queensland, the son of William Gardner and his wife Mary Jane (née Murphy). He was educated at the local primary school and after finishing his education became a storekeeper. From 1928 until 1950 he worked as a painter for the State Works Department of Queensland

On the 9th April 1913 he married Annie Campbell (died 1986) and together had two sons and four daughters. Gardner died in Brisbane in November 1966 and was buried in the Hemmant Cemetery.

Public career

Gardner, a member of the Labor Party, won the seat of Bulimba at the 1950 Queensland state election, beating the sitting Independent Labor member, George Marriott and the Liberal Party candidate, John Hamilton. However, Hamilton appealed the decision and the Acting Chief Justice, Alan Mansfield found that there gross fraud committed in the election. Fake ballot papers had been lodged, and whilst Mansfield did not put any of the blame on Gardner, he ruled the Gardner's election win to be void.

A by-election was held in April 1951, and once again Gardner won the seat. Two days after the by-election, Bernard Maguire, the Chief Electoral Officer, was charged with eight counts of having forged ballot papers. In September 1951 though, the Crown dropped the case after a jury failed three times to reach a verdict and Maguire was then discharged.

Gardner went on to hold the seat until the 1957 Queensland state election, having sided with Premier Vince Gair to join the newly formed QLP after the ALP had split two months earlier. He was defeated by future Opposition leader, Jack Houston of the ALP. He was a member of the Bulimba Hockey Association, the Australian Natives Association, and Valleys Rugby League Old Boys Association.

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