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Barber, George Phillips (1863–1938)

George Barber, by Regent Studios,  c.1920

George Barber, by Regent Studios, c.1920

State Library of Queensland, 65108022

George Phillips Barber (1863-1938) seaman, member of parliament, Queensland 

Birth: 26 March 1863 at Oulton, Lancashire, England. Son of George Barber and Susan, née Gall. Marriage: by General Booth on 13 November 1891 in Exhibition Building, Melbourne, to Mary Nichols. They had one son and two daughters. Death: 7 November 1938, Brisbane, Queensland. Religion: Anglican, later Salvation Army. 

  • 1876 ran away to the Dogger Bank; became a trawler seaman. 1885-88 quartermaster Clan Macgregor, eastern trade.
  • 1888 arrived in Tasmania; worked as a labourer at Millaquin sugar refinery and meatworks.  
  • During WWI, petty officer, Royal Australian Naval Reserve, home service.
  • Failed banana farmer. 1934 Forestry Department, Queensland.
  • Secretary, ALP, Queensland.
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly for Bundaberg 1901-1935.
  • Member, Loyal Mulgrave Lodge, No. 10, IOOF [Independent Order of Odd Fellows].

Sources
Duncan Bruce Waterson and John Arnold, Biographical register of the Queensland Parliament 1930-1989 (Canberra, 1982)

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