Albert Henry Lawson

Labourer, Clerk

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Glebe 1943 1948
Mayor Glebe 1946 1946

Family background

Albert ‘Buller’ Henry Lawson was born at Sydney on 1 October 1898, son of John Lawson and Minnie. In 1925 he married Mary Veronica McManus at Glebe. There was a daughter and a son of the marriage. He died at Narrabeen on 4 September 1985, aged 86 years. Mary Lawson died 24 May 1945, 41 years.

Occupation & interests

Bert Lawson worked as a labourer. He was also a clerk with Sydney City Council.

Community activity

Many Glebe Labor aldermen were disciples of Lang. But in realty there was little difference of ideology between Official Labor and Lang Labor – both explicitly anti-Communist, socially conservative, strongly Catholic and with links to the union movement.

Local government service

Albert Lawson was elected at a by-election caused by the death of Stephen McCormack in May 1943, and as an Official (McKell) Labor candidate topped the poll in December 1944. As a senior party member prominent in the branch and on Council Bert Lawson was elected mayor in 1946.


Hogan, Michael 2004,  Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW

Sydney Morning Herald 4 December 1944 p. 6

Sydney Morning Herald 5 September 1985


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