Charles Cameron Kingston was the youngest child of George Kingston, born in Adelaide in 1850.
Charles studied law, and eventually followed his father into politics. He held the seat of West Adelaide until 1900, became Attorney-General in 1884, Chief Secretary in 1892, and in 1893 he became Premier and held office in 1893.
He was a great social reformer and is noted for introducing the following legislations:
- the first factory regulations
- set wages for set hours
- industrial conciliation
- establishment of the State Bank guaranteeing deposits
- Married Women's Property Act
- female suffrage (second in the word), and
- women's right to stand for Parliament (first in the world).
Charles was also an influential figure in the future of the entire of Australia; of all the Premiers of the time, he was the most persistent advocate of a Federated Australia. In 1901, he was elected to the first Federal Parliament and served of Minister of Trade and customs. He also assisted in the drafting of the Australian constitution.
Charles Kingston died in 1908.