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For other people named William Johnson, see William Johnson (disambiguation). For the baseball player, see Elliot Johnson (baseball). The Honourable  Sir Elliot Johnson  KCMG Member of the Australian Parliament for Lang In office 16 December 1903 – 17 November 1928 Preceded by Francis McLean Succeeded by William Long 4th Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives In office 9 July 1913 – 7 October 1914 Preceded by Charles McDonald Succeeded by Charles McDonald 4th Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives - 2nd time In office 14 June 1917 – 27 February 1923 Preceded by Charles McDonald Succeeded by William Watt Born 10 April 1862(1862-04-10) Newcastle, England Died 8 December 1932(1932-12-08) (aged 70) Geelong, Victoria Nationality Australian Political party Free Trade (1903–06) Anti-Socialist (1906–09) Liberal (1909–17) Nationalist (1917–28) Occupation Sailor Sir William Elliot Johnson KCMG (10 April 1862 - 8 December 1932) was an Australian politician. Johnson was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, the son of a scene-painter. He ran away from home at 13, worked in the telegraph office at London, and afterwards assisted his father scene-painting at Covent Garden theatre. He was then apprenticed on a sailing-ship and after obtaining his second mate's certificate, settled in Sydney in 1883. He took much interest in the free-trade movement and was also a follower of Henry George.[1][2] In December 1903 he was elected a member of the federal house of representatives for Lang, and held the seat until he was defeated at the general election in 1928. He was for some years whip and secretary to the Liberal party and was deputy-chairman of committees. He took much interest in the selection of the site for the federal capital, and nominated the Yass-Canberra site which was eventually chosen. In 1911 he was one of the Australian parliamentary representatives at the coronation of King George V. He was elected Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives in 1913 and held this position until after the 1914 election. He was again speaker from June 1917 to February 1923 when William Watt was chosen for the position. After his defeat at the 1928 election Johnson retired from politics. He died at Geelong, Victoria, in 1932. He married, but his wife died before him. He was survived by a daughter. He was created a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 1920.[1] Johnson was a man of great industry who made it his business to be thoroughly acquainted with the subjects under debate. He was particularly interested in the question of immigration. As speaker he was quietly dignified, courteous and efficient. In private life his hobby was painting and etching. A set of his etchings is at the National Library of Australia, Canberra.[1] References ^ a b c Serle, Percival (1949). "Johnson, William Elliot". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson. http://gutenberg.net.au/dictbiog/0-dict-biogI-K.html#johnson2. Retrieved 2008-11-17.  ^ Hawker, G. N. (1983). "Johnson, Sir William Elliot (1862 - 1932)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090493b.htm. Retrieved 17 November 2008.  Parliament of Australia Preceded by Charles McDonald Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives 1913 – 1914 Succeeded by Charles McDonald Preceded by Charles McDonald Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives 1917 – 1923 Succeeded by William Watt Preceded by Francis McLean Member for Lang 1903 – 1928 Succeeded by William Long Persondata Name Johnson, Elliot Alternative names Short description Australian politician Date of birth 10 April 1862 Place of birth Newcastle-on-Tyne, England Date of death 8 December 1932 Place of death Geelong, Victoria