Matthew Charlton, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Matthew Charlton

Australian politician

Date of Birth: 15-Mar-1866

Place of Birth: Linton, Victoria, Australia

Date of Death: 08-Dec-1948

Profession: politician

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Matthew Charlton

  • Matthew Charlton (15 March 1866 – 8 December 1948) was an Australian politician who served as leader of the Labor Party from 1922 to 1928.
  • He led the party to defeat at the 1922 and 1925 federal elections. Charlton was born in Linton, Victoria, but as a child moved to Lambton, New South Wales.
  • He left school at a young age to work in the coal mines, initially as a hurrier.
  • Charlton became prominent in the trade union movement, and in 1903 was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Labor Party.
  • He switched to federal parliament in 1910.
  • Charlton was an anti-conscriptionist, and remained with Labor after the party split of 1916.
  • He was elected party leader in early 1922, following the death of Frank Tudor.
  • As Leader of the Opposition, Charlton increased Labor's vote in 1922 but suffered a backwards slide in 1925.
  • He resigned as leader in early 1928, succeeded by James Scullin, and left politics later that year.

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