Pearce, George Foster, 1870-1952

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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.

From the description of Papers of George Foster Pearce, 1909-1937 [manuscript]. 1909-1937. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225827572

From the description of Papers of George Foster Pearce [manuscript]. 1909-1952. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225641328

Epithet: of Woolwich

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Epithet: KCVO, Australian Minister of Defence

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Epithet: of Add MS 36065

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creatorOf James, Walter Hartwell Sir, 1863-1943. Letter, 1900 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf George V, King of Great Britain, 1865-1936. [Commission, 1921 Oct. 24, asking George Foster Pearce to attend the Washington disarmament conference] [manuscript] / [from George, King of Great Britain]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Boas, Harold, 1883-1980. Correspondence. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Pearce, George Foster, 1870-1952. Papers of George Foster Pearce, 1909-1937 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Australia. Royal Commission on Navy and Defence Administration. [Reports and memoranda on the Royal Commission on Navy and Defence Administration.] Libraries Australia
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, L-Q. Houghton Library.
referencedIn (XXI. ff. 187). 16 Apr.-6 Dec. 1752.includes:f. 3 b John Wallop, Viscount Lymington; and (1743) Earl of Portsmouth: Lawsuits: 1729-1752. ff. 5 b, 17, 31 John Smith: Suit v. Milburne: 1752. f. 8b William Tilbury: Suit v. Law: 1752. ff. 15, 25 b Jac... British Library
creatorOf HUTTON PAPERS. Vol. VII (ff. 402). Correspondence, etc., with Australasian statesmen; 1893-1916: 1. ff. 1-150. Prime Ministers of Australia:-(a) Correspondence, etc., with Sir Edmund Barton, G.C.M.G.; 1900-1915. ff. 1-45;-(b) Correspondence with Al..., 1893-1916 British Library
referencedIn Collins, R. M. (Reginald Michael), b. 1887. Letter. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Heydon, P. R. (Peter Richard), 1913-1971. Papers of Sir Peter Heydon, 1901-1977 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Pearce, George Foster, 1870-1952. Papers [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Pearce, George Foster, 1870-1952. Papers of George Foster Pearce [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
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Flintshire, Wales
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Australia
Australia, Northern
Australia
Oxwick, Glamorganshire
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Labor union members--Archives
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Birth 1870-01-14

Death 1952-06-24

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