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For Peace, Order and Good Government: The first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
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9 May 1901
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Edmund Barton
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Members of the First Parliament

Norman Kirkwood Ewing

Norman Kirkwood Ewing (1870-1928)

Senator for Western Australia 1901-1903

Norman Kirkwood Ewing  was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and was admitted as a solicitor in 1894. He moved to Perth in 1897, where he set up a legal practice and was admitted to the Bar. He represented Swan as an independent member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly 1897-1901.

In 1901 Ewing was elected to represent Western Australia in the Senate as a Freetrader. His elder brother, Thomas Ewing, was the member for Richmond, New South Wales, in the first House of Representatives, the brothers representing different states for different parties in different houses.

Ewing did not nominate for re-election to the Senate in 1903 but returned to his legal practice. He moved to Tasmania where he stood unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in 1906. In 1909 he won the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of Franklin, which he held until his appointment as King’s Counsel and elevation to the bench in 1915.

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