Ernest Carr

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Ernest Carr
Ernest Carr1.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Macquarie
In office
12 December 1906 – 5 May 1917
Preceded by Sydney Smith
Succeeded by Samuel Nicholls
Personal details
Born (1875-09-28)28 September 1875
Dubbo, New South Wales
Died 17 September 1956(1956-09-17) (aged 80)
Parramatta, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1906–1916)
National Labor (1916–1917)
Nationalist (1917)
Occupation Journalist

Ernest "Ernie" Shoebridge Carr (28 September 1875 – 17 September 1956) was an early twentieth-century member of the Australian House of Representatives and the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.


Born in Dubbo, New South Wales, the son of a soap manufacturer, Carr was educated at state schools and worked as a journalist and editor of the Orange based newspaper The Leader[1] prior to gaining Australian Labor Party pre-selection for the Bathurst based federal electorate of Macquarie.

Carr won Macquarie at the 1906 federal election, aided by his opponent, the Postmaster General Sydney Smith, residing outside the electorate, the nationwide growth in support for Labor and the strength of the union movement around the industrial city of Bathurst.

Carr comfortably held his seat over subsequent elections until his expulsion from the ALP in November 1916 following his support for conscription. He briefly served as an independent before joining the newly formed pro-conscription Nationalist Party of Australia in February 1917. In one of the closest polling results in Australian electoral history, Carr lost the 1917 election by nine votes.

Following his election loss, Carr returned to journalism and bought a Hawkesbury based newspaper, which served him well when he successfully stood as the Nationalist candidate for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Cumberland in 1920. Carr lost his seat at the 1922 election and after unsuccessfully standing for Cumberland as an independent in 1925, Carr returned to newspaper proprietary until his death in Parramatta. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.[2]


  1. ^ Edwards, p. 271.
  2. ^ "Mr Ernest Shoebridge Carr (1875 - 1956)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 


  • Day, D. (2001) Chifley, Harper Collins, ISBN 0-7322-6702-1
  • Edwards, E. (2011). A gentleman of the inky way: Orange through Joe Glasson's looking glass. Sef published:Orange. ISBN 9780975033821.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Sydney Smith
Member for Macquarie
Succeeded by
Samuel Nicholls
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Cumberland
Served alongside:
Molesworth, Walker
Succeeded by
William FitzSimons