George Kerr (Australian politician)

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George Kerr
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Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Barcoo
In office
20 May 1893 – 2 October 1909
Preceded by Tommy Ryan
Succeeded by T. J. Ryan
Personal details
Born George Kerr
(1853-02-07)7 February 1853
Beadnell, Northumberland, England
Died 18 January 1930(1930-01-18) (aged 76)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality English
Political party Australian Labor Party
Other political
Ministerial, Opposition, Independent
Spouse(s) Florence McCulloch (m.1882 d.1883), Susan Jane Moore (nee Deacon) (m.1891)
Occupation Blacksmith, Grazier
Religion Methodist

George Kerr (1853–1930) was an Australian politician, grazier, and blacksmith. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Kerr was born on 7 February 1853 at Beadnell, Northumberland, England and after training to become a blacksmith moved to Queensland in 1877.

He became a mining speculator on the Croydon goldfields and then set up his own forge in Tambo, Queensland to service mining operations in the local region.


Kerr became involved in local politics for the Australian Labor Party, and in 1893 he was elected to represent the electoral district of Barcoo in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland and served in that post until 1909. He rose to senior positions within the party, culminating in his election as leader of the Queensland Parliamentary Labor Party in 1904 after the death of his predecessor William Henry Browne.[1] Kerr's leadership was complicated by a split in the party in 1905 in which he and other senior Labor figures opted to form a coalition with the Liberal Party to achieve statewide reforms. Although initially he commanded the confidence of the party, a state conference of the party in 1907 rejected Kerr's leadership and the Liberal-Labor coalition, opting to go into the 1907 state election alone.[2] Kerr continued in parliament as an independent Labor member but was challenged by official Labor candidates until his defeat in his seat in 1909.

Later life[edit]

Kerr died on 18 January 1930 in Brisbane[3] and was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ Rodney Sullivan. "Kerr, George (1853-1930)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Rodney Sullivan. "Kerr, George (1853-1930)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Rodney Sullivan. "Kerr, George (1853-1930)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brisbane City Council - Online - Grave Location Search". Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Billy Browne
Leader of the Labor Party in Queensland
Succeeded by
David Bowman
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Tommy Ryan
Member for Barcoo
Succeeded by
T. J. Ryan