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Harold George Nelson (1881–1947)

Harold Nelson was born in Sydney in December 1881. He moved to the Northern Territory in 1913 where he became actively involved with the North Australian Workers' Union. In 1917 he was elected to the Darwin Town Council.

Nelson was a dominant figure in industrial campaigns against Vestey's meatworks, and in the period of civil unrest that led to the 'Darwin Rebellion' in December 1918.

He was elected as the Northern Territory's first Member of the House of Representatives, in December 1922. He spoke frequently in the Parliament about the need for greater development of the Territory during his term which ended in 1934.

Nelson died in Alice Springs on 26 April 1947. His son John Norman Nelson, also served in the House of Representatives (1947–68) and subsequently as Administrator of the Northern Territory (1973–76).

Selected records relating to Harold George Nelson
National Archives, Darwin
Miscellaneous papers and photographs, 1930-47 M4070

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Chapter 16
Territory Personalities