James Larcombe

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James Larcombe
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Personal details
Born (1884-04-25)April 25, 1884
Rockhampton, Queensland
Died June 21, 1957(1957-06-21) (aged 73)
Brisbane, Queensland
Political party Labor
Occupation Butcher, politician

James Larcombe (1884–1957) was a labor politician from Queensland, Australia. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]

Early life[edit]

James Larcombe was born in Rockhampton, Queensland on 25 April 1884. His father, also named James Larcombe, was a butcher, and his mother was Mary (nee Lee). He was educated at the Jenkins private school in Rockhampton.[2] As a young man, he worked as a butcher with his father and was active in the local labor movement.


Larcombe speaking in 1928.

On 27 April 1912 (the 1912 Queensland state election), he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland to represent the newly created electoral district of Keppel. While the MLA for Keppel, he was a minister without portfolio from 9 September 1919 to 22 October 1919. Then he was appointed as Secretary for Public Works from 22 October 1919 to 7 April 1920. Then he was Secretary for Railways (7 April 1920 to 21 May 1929). On 11 May 1929 (the 1929 Queensland state election), he was defeated by Daniel Owen of the Country and Progressive National Party.[2][3]

On 11 June 1932 (the 1932 Queensland state election), he was elected again to the legislative assembly in the electoral district of Rockhampton. Again he served in a number of ministries:[3]

  • Secretary for Mines: 12 April 1939 to 4 August 1939
  • Minister for Transport: 4 August 1939 to 27 April 1944
  • Secretary for Public Instruction: 27 April 1944 to 7 March 1946
  • Treasurer: 7 March 1946 to 10 May 1950
  • Attorney-General: 10 May 1950 to 10 March 1952

He held the seat of Rockhampton until his retirement on 19 May 1956 (the 1956 Queensland state election).

Combining his service in Keppel and Rockhampton makes him the assembly's longest serving member with 40 years 11 months 22 days; however, Joh Bjelke-Petersen has the longest period of continuous service (40 years 6 months 28 days).[4]

Later life[edit]

Larcombe died in Brisbane on 21 June 1957. He never married.[2]


  1. ^ Joy Guyatt. "Larcombe, James". Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Larcombe, Hon. James". Re-Member Database. Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012 and the Legislative Council 1860-1922". Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Record Terms of Service". Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 17 February 2014.