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Papers of George Foster Pearce, 1909-1937 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2650216
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Pearce, George Foster, Sir, 1870-1952
 
Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. 
Description 1909-1937 
56 cm. (4 boxes) 
Summary

Miscellaneous official and semi-official correspondence, press cuttings, reports, minutes, papers, miscellaneous printed matter including passports and photographs. These papers relate generally to his public life from 1909 to 1935; they include additional notes by P.R. Heydon in 1963, one-time private secretary to Pearce.

Biography/History

Born in 1870 at Mount Barker, S. Aust, he moved to Perth, W.A. in 1892. After becoming active in the union movement, he was elected as a Labor representative to the first Australian Senate as a Senator for W.A. in 1901. He was a Minister for Defence (1908-1909, 1910-1913, 1914-21, 1932-1934) for successive Labor governments until 1917. He presided over the bitter conscription debate of 1916-1917. Having aligned himself with the "yes" faction of Billy Hughes, he was subsequently expelled from the Labor Party, yet continued to hold office as a member of the new National Party. He also held the position of Minister for Home and Territories (1921-1926) and continued to serve until defeated in the 1937 Election.

Notes

Manuscript reference no. : NLA MS 213.

Related Material Associated materials: Papers of Sir George Foster Pearce also available in National Library of Australia Manuscript Section at MS 1827 and MS 1927 
Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list (55 p.) available. 
Subjects Pearce, George Foster, - Sir, - 1870-1952 - Archives.  |  Labor union members - Australia - Archives.  |  Politicians - Australia - Archives.  |  Australia - Politics and government - 1901-1945.
Time Coverage 1909-1937 
Occupation Federal politicians.
Other authors/contributors Heydon, P. R. (Peter Richard), 1913-1971

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