Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher (1862 – 1928) prime minister
Andrew Fisher, became the first Labor Prime Minister in Australia to lead a majority Government. Fisher’s faith shaped his commitment to lasting social reforms, like the age pension and compensation for injured workers.

Andrew Fisher, prime minister, was born on 29 August 1862 at Crosshouse, near Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland, second son of Robert Fisher, coalminer, and his wife Jane, née Garvin. Robert Fisher, a sober, temperate Presbyterian, was one of ten men who established a co-operative store in Crosshouse in 1863.

The co-operative, later part of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, developed a library and reading room which Andrew used. Despite a law prohibiting boys under twelve from working in the pits, Andrew seems to have begun work at about 10, his father having developed pneumoconiosis. Andrew’s education was limited to the local public school, supplemented by evening classes at Kilmarnock.

Andrew Fisher arrived in Queensland on 17 August 1885.

At Gympie Fisher was active in the Royal True Friendship Lodge of the Manchester United Independent Order of Oddfellows, a superintendent of the Presbyterian Church Sunday School, a shareholder in the Gympie Industrial Co-operative Society and for a period a member of the local unit of the Colonial Defence Force.

He joined the Amalgamated Miners’ Association which, with a general advance in Queensland unionism, began at Gympie in 1886. He became secretary and then president of the branch in 1890 and 1891.

In June 1889 the Australian Labor Federation was formed in Brisbane; its Wide Bay and Burnett district council, centred on Maryborough and extending its influence to Gympie.

Fisher was one of the most significant members of the Gympie labour movement. Tall and well-built, with a long black moustache and sandy hair, he was confident and determined to succeed, but his manner was quiet and his approach conciliatory.

Complete article : http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A080529b.htm

also

Andrew Fisher, became the first Labor Prime Minister in Australia to lead a majority Government. Fisher’s faith shaped his commitment to lasting social reforms, like the age pension and compensation for injured workers.

Source : Address To The Australian Christian Lobby – Kim Beazley
http://www.alp.org.au/media/1005/speloo290.php

and

https://primeministers.moadoph.gov.au/prime-ministers/andrew-fisher

Refer also

Andrew Fisher: An Underestimated Man (Paperback)
Peter Bastian (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Fisher-Underestimated-Peter-Bastian/dp/1742230040

The suburb of Fisher, Australian Capital Territory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher%2C_Australian_Capital_Territory
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