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George Carter (1863–1932)

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George Carter (1863-1932) pastoral worker, trade unionist, bookseller, and parliamentarian 

Birth: 10 October 1863 in Nelson, New Zealand, son of Samuel Carter (1834-1915), brewer, born in Frome, Somerset, England and Louisa, née Lindsay (c.1838-1870). Marriage: 17 September 1907 at Corinda, Brisbane, Queensland, with Presbyterian forms to an Irish-born widow, Alexandria Delia Kate Comerford, née Newman (c.1865-1936). Death: 5 October 1932 in Brisbane, Queensland. Religion: Rationalist. 

  • Educated at Nelson State School. Maori court interpreter.
  • Worker, United States of America, South Africa and Europe. Arrived in Victoria in 1889.
  • Employed as a gold digger, shearer, drover. Became an Australian Workers’ Union organiser in New South Wales. 1894 agitator, lead strike. 1901 established Brisbane bookstore.
  • Alderman, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce.
  • A member of the Australian Labor Party, he contested the seat of Brisbane in the Queensland Legislative Assembly in 1907. Was Labor Member of the Legislative Assembly for Port Curtis from 1915 to 1920, and from 1923 to 1929.

Duncan B. Waterson, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament 1860-1929 (second revised edition, Sydney 2001).

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10 October, 1863
Nelson, New Zealand


5 October, 1932 (aged 68)
Bardon, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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