Robert David McDowell (born
April 1 1900) was the Mayor of Maryborough, Queenslandfrom 1939 to 1950.
When McDowell was a child of ten, his father lost a leg in a workplace accident, and was paid up until the hour of his injury. McDowell went to work for the
railroads and gained an apprenticeshipas a boilermaker. The circumstances of his father's injury may have propelled McDowell into the labour movement.Fact|date=February 2007 He was a member of the Australian Labor Partywhen he became Mayorbut retired an Independent.
McDowell married Muriel Joyce on
April 17 1926. They had three children, Joyce, Noel and Jannice.
McDowell died in October 1988.
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