Frederick McDonald

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Frederick McDonald
Frederick McDonald.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Barton
In office
16 December 1922 – 14 November 1925
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Thomas Ley
Personal details
Born c. 1872
Died ? April 1926[1]
Nationality British subject (Australian)
Political party Labor
Alma mater University of Sydney
Profession Teacher

Frederick Albert McDonald (c. 1872 – ? April 1926[1]) was an Australian politician and possible murder victim.

McDonald studied at the University of Sydney. He became a teacher, and rose to become President of the Teachers Federation of New South Wales.[2] In 1922 he stood for election to the Australian House of Representatives, and won the new seat of Barton for the Labor Party. His main opponent was Hector Lamond, who had been the Nationalist member for the abolished seat of Illawarra.

Disappearance[change | change source]

In the 1925 election McDonald was narrowly defeated by Nationalist candidate Thomas Ley. McDonald took the result to court, claiming that Ley had tried to bribe him[3], asking him not to put in his nomination papers.[4] However, on 15 April 1926 McDonald disappeared on his way to a meeting with New South Wales Premier Jack Lang. They were planning to have the election result declared void.[5] Neither McDonald's body nor his brief case were ever found.[6]

Thomas Ley was found guilty of murder in England, but it was decided he was insane. He was sent to Broadmoor Hospital, where he died. It is believed that Ley was responsible for McDonald's disappearance. He is also suspected of being involved in the suspicious deaths of other of his political opponents.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Parliamentary Handbook
  2. 2.0 2.1 Carr, Adam (2012). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 O'Neill, Margaret; Evans, Brian (2004). "Lateline History Challenge: Minister for Murder". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  4. The common touch of politics: The common touch of politics, accessdate: August 1, 2016
  5. Australian Dictionary of Biography: Thomas John Ley. Retrieved 19 June 2015
  6. Morton, James (2011). Kings of Stings: The Greatest Swindles from Down Under. Australia: Victory Books. p. 336. ISBN 9780522858594. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Barton
1922 – 1925
Succeeded by
Thomas Ley