Meares was the son of George Rochfort Meares, of County Westmeath, Ireland, and emigrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney in 1847 and moving to Melbourne in 1852. He was Mayor of Melbourne in 1880 and 1881, and a commissioner and member of the executive committee for the Melbourne International Exhibition (1880). He married in 1864 Miss Sarah Broadley Dixon, and was created C.M.G. in 1882.
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- Mennell, Philip (1892). " Meares, George". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource
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|Mayor of Melbourne
|Victorian Legislative Council|
|New district||Member for North Yarra Province
December 1882 – September 1886
With: Francis Beaver 1882–1886
Theodotus Sumner 1882–1883
James Beaney 1883–1886