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Ryan’s Death – A Shattering Blow – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, History, Politics, Queensland

Ryan felt ill and very tired as he began the long journey (against advice from friends and colleagues) north from Melbourne to assist Dunstan’s campaign (in the 1921 Maranoa by-election) among the people he used to represent in the Queensland parliament. He began coughing blood, but persisted with his schedule. The night before polling day he addressed a meeting at Queensland Labor’s spiritual birthplace, Barcaldine. Immediately after wards he was taken to hospital. Two days after Maranoa voters elected a Country Party member.. Ryan died of pneumonia. The Great War had severely shaken ALP supporters confidence in the inevitability of their party’s progress, and their hopes for its revival largely rested on Ryan. His death at 45 was a shattering blow.

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