Albert Bruntnell (1866 – 1929) Salvation Army officer, auctioneer and politician
Albert Bruntnell was an active member of the Australian Protestant Defence Association and the Protestant Federation, he was organizing secretary of the New South Wales Alliance in 1904-09, general superintendent in 1910 and vice-president for some years. Bruntnell was briefly NSW minister of public health under W. A. Holman in 1920, and was minister of public instruction in Sir George Fuller’s government in 1922-25.
Albert Bruntell, was a Salvation Army officer, auctioneer and politician. He was born on 4 May 1866 at Llanigon, Breconshire, Wales. Brought up by his sisters and a stern father, he was educated at the local National school, then worked in a tailor’s shop. He joined the Salvation Army about 1885 and made rapid progress through its ranks as a cadet in various parts of England.
Promoted captain in July 1888, Bruntnell was sent to Melbourne, and in August next year to Sydney. In October he made a big jump in rank when promoted staff captain. He was in Melbourne in 1890-93 and married Nellie Whittaker, a fellow officer, on 13 November 1891 in a ceremony at the Exhibition Building performed by General William Booth. In 1894 Bruntnell was promoted major and went to Christchurch, New Zealand, as the army’s colonial secretary. He returned to Melbourne in 1897 as brigadier and colony commanding officer, and was in Queensland in 1900-02 in the same capacity. He became State commanding officer in Sydney in January 1903, but resigned in November when the New South Wales Alliance for the Suppression of Intemperance gave him a testimonial; personal gifts were forbidden by the army.
Bruntnell became a Methodist. An active member of the Australian Protestant Defence Association and the Protestant Federation, he was organizing secretary of the New South Wales Alliance in 1904-09, general superintendent in 1910 and vice-president for some years. He lectured on temperance all over the State. Grand chief templar of the International Order of Good Templars in 1907, he attended a meeting of its International Supreme Lodge in Washington in 1908 and that year campaigned for the United Kingdom Alliance in England. By 1912 he had become a partner in Strongman, Bruntnell & Co., auctioneers and estate agents at Burwood, and in 1914-29 was a partner in Bruntnell & Bannerman Ltd.
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