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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Tozer, Hon. Horace

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Tozer, Hon. Horace, M.L.A., Colonial Secretary and Minister of Mines, Queensland, son of Horace Thomas Norris Tozer and Charlotte Winifred Amelia his wife, was born at Port Macquarie, N.S.W., in April 1844, and educated at St. Paul's College, Sydney. He was admitted a solicitor in Brisbane, and was elected to the Queensland Assembly for Wide Bay in 1872 and in 1888. Since 1868 he has practised his profession at Gympie, of which goldfield he was one of the early residents. In August 1890 he became Colonial Secretary and Minister of Mines in the second Griffith Ministry, administering the department controlling the Police and Defence Forces of Queensland during the maritime strike, August and Sept. 1890, and the shearers' strike lasting from Jan. to July 1891, when over two thousand men were called out on active service and quelled the serious industrial disturbances without loss of life. Mr. Tozer married at Ipswich, Queensland, on Feb. 12th, 1868, Miss Mary Hoyles Wilson.