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Beard, Peter Francis

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Birth Date: 22 May 1935 (Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Francis James Beard and Phyllis Mabel (nee Fisher)

Family: Gayle Patricia McGarry on 10 December 1959, 3 sons, 1 daughter

Education: Attended numerous primary schools; All Souls' Charters Towers; B.A., A.Ed University of Queensland

Religion: Anglican


Labourer, Mount Isa Mines Ltd; Primary and secondary school teacher; Personnel Officer, Mount Isa Mines Ltd; Justice of the Peace

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly LIB Mount Isa 1 Nov 1986 2 Dec 1989

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Member, Parliamentary Buildings Committee
Liberal Party Spokesman on Mines and Energy, Northern Development and Primary Industry
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party 31 Jan 1988 2 Dec 1989

Additional Information

Notes: Interests include all sports, theatre, current events, history, travel and family. Mr Beard was involved in the administration and support of many sporting, social, educational and cultural organisations in Mount Isa and Brisbane. Chairman, Mount Isa Mines Employees Health Society; Trustee, MIM Wages Employees Superannuation Plan; Secretary, Queensland Teachers Union (local branch). Mr Beard is probably best known in Mount Isa for announcing, compering and hosting a wide range of social, sporting and charitable events and for the occasional TV and radio guest appearances. Mr Beard's grandfather, George Alfred Beard, was the first mine manager in Mount Isa. His grandfather and uncle, AP Beard, were mentioned in Geoffrey Blainey's Mines in the Spinifex: the story of Mount Isa Mines

Sources: Queensland Parliamentary Handbook 1988: the 45th Parliament, Queensland Parliamentary Library; Image sourced from the collection of the Queensland Parliamentary Library and Resarch Service; Beard, Peter, Courier-Mail, 'Former PoW encouraged home ownership in Mt Isa', 9 October 2003; Blainey, Geoffrey, Mines in the spinifex: the story of Mount Isa Mines, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1960

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