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Barber, George Phillips

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Birth Date: 26 March 1863 (Oulton, Lowestoft, England)

Death Date: 7 November 1938 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: George Barber and Susan (nee Gall)

Family: Mary Nichols in Melbourne, 2 sons, 2 daughters

Education: Parish and board schools

Religion: Church of England; Salvation Army


Clerk, Foresty Department, 1934; Banana farmer; Handyman at meatworks and sawmill labourer; Sugar worker, Millaquin Refinery; Quartermaster of `Clan Macgregor', Clan Line, 1885 to 1888; Missionary work, India; Seaman, Dogger Bank Fishing fleet, 1876

Party Positions:

  1. (ALP) Secretary, Queensland Parliamentary Labor Party

Military Service: Petty Officer, Royal Australian Naval Reserve, 1914 to 1918

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Bundaberg 6 Jul 1901 11 May 1935 Did not contest

Additional Information

Notes: Mr Barber was known as 'Honest George' by the residents of Bundaberg, whom he represented in state parliament for 34 years. At the time of his retirement from Parliament in April 1935, Mr Barber was considered the 'Father of the House'

Sources: Image courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg:85957; Queensland Parliamentary Debates, Motion of Condolence, First session of the 28th Parliament, Vol. CLXXIII, 9 Nov 1938, p. 1596 (Brisbane, Qld: Goverment Printer); Telegraph, 'Running away to sea when 13 was start of late Mr. Barber's interesting career', 8 Nov 1938; Telegraph, 'Formerly Father of House. Mr G.P. Barber dies suddenly', 8 Nov 1938; Waterson, DB and John Arnold, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1930-1980, (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982); Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

[Last Modified: Wednesday, 3 February 2016]