People Australia

  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites
  • searches all National Centre of Biography websites

Browse Lists:

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains names, images, and voices of deceased persons.

In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written, but may no longer be considered appropriate.

These articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Australian National University.

Older articles are being reviewed with a view to bringing them into line with contemporary values but the original text will remain available for historical context.

Beard, Henry Elisha (Harry) (1866–1910)

This article was published:

Harry Beard, 190?, by T. Humphrey & Co.

Harry Beard, 190?, by T. Humphrey & Co.

National Library of Australia, 23182829

Henry Elisha ‘Harry’ Beard (1866-1910) bricklayer, member of parliament 

Birth: 20 January 1866 in Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, son of Elisha Beard, bricklayer, and Sarah née Rivington. Marriage: 5 June 1899 in Christ Church, Geelong, Victoria, to Mary Lilian Humphrey. They had two sons and two daughters. Death: 18 December 1910 in a private hospital at Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria. Religion: Anglican. 

  • In 1877 went with family to New Zealand, where educated at secondary level Christchurch; began medical course University of Christchurch, but withdrew due to lack of money. From 1884 a bricklayer in Auckland.
  • Returned to Melbourne 1889; to Euroa, Victoria, 1896-98. After 1898 lectured on socialism in Melbourne.
  • President, Victorian Operative Bricklayers’ Society. Trades Hall Council delegate. Founding member and Central Council member of the Political Labor League. President, Victorian Political Labour Council, 1910.
  • Labor member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Jika Jika 1904-1907 (defeated). Contested Port Melbourne 1902, East Bourke 1902 and Jika Jika 1908.
  • Following defeat worked as ganger with Victorian Railways; rose to rank of inspector.
  • Member of the Australian House of Representatives as Labor member for Batman April-December 1910
  • Died of cystitis and asthenia.

Geoff Brown, Biographical register of the Victorian Parliament, 1900-84 (Melbourne, 1985)

Additional Resources

  • profile, Tocsin (Melbourne), 17 July 1910, p 3

Related Entries in NCB Sites

Citation details

'Beard, Henry Elisha (Harry) (1866–1910)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 28 November 2022.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012