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Papers of George Foster Pearce, 1909-1952 [manuscript]
Bib ID 852726
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Pearce, George Foster, Sir, 1870-1952
 
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Description 1909-1952 
70 cm. (5 boxes) + 1 folio 
Summary

Personal and political papers. Correspondence dealing with his political career, especially in the late 1920s and 1930s; personal and financial papers, mainly 1937-1952; press cuttings 1909-1910; drafts of articles by Pearce and drafts of his book "Carpenter to Cabinet".

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 1927.

Related Material Associated materials: Papers of Sir George Foster Pearce also held in National Library of Australia Manuscript Section at MS 213 and MS 1827. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list available (55 p.) in Special Collections Reading Room 
Subjects Pearce, George Foster, Sir, 1870-1952 -- Archives.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1901-1945.
Time Coverage 1909-1952 
Occupation Politicians.
Other authors/contributors Pearce, George Foster, Sir, 1870-1952. Carpenter to cabinet

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