He was apprenticed as a printer to the Carcoar Chronicle when he was 14 and was its editor at 25.
He was involved in the establishment of the Australian Labor Party between 1895 and 1900. From 1905 to 1916, he was editor and manager of the Australian Workers' Union's The Australian Worker. Lamond unsuccessfully contested the Australian House of Representatives seat of Lang for Labor at the 1913 and 1914 elections.
As a supporter of conscription, he was obliged to resign from the Australian Worker. The seat of Illawarra was abolished before the 1922 election and he stood unsuccessfully for Barton. In 1923 Lamond bought The Southern Mail and three other rural newspapers, which he edited and published in Bowral.
During World War I, he came to be opposed to labor radicalism, and in particular to the Industrial Workers of the World, and became a strong supporter of Billy Hughes.