Albert Henry Lawson

Labourer, Clerk

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Glebe 1943 1948
Mayor Glebe 1946 1946
  • Glebe Council logo 1896 (City of Sydney Archives A-00333228)

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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