George Meares

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George Meares CMG (June 1825 – 8 December 1903)[1] was Mayor of Melbourne 1880 and 1881,[2] and a member of the Victorian Legislative Council 1882 to 1886.[3]

Meares was the son of George Rochfort Meares, of County Westmeath, Ireland,[2] and emigrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney in 1847 and moving to Melbourne in 1852.[1] 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.[2]

Meares represented North Yarra Province in the Victorian Legislative Council from December 1882 to September 1886.[3]

Meares died in Malvern, Victoria on 8 December 1903; he had three sons, and three daughters, his wife died in 1875.[1] He was the grandfather of Ainslie Meares.


  1. ^ a b c "Death of Mr. George Meares". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 9 December 1903. p. 9. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Meares, George". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  3. ^ a b "Meares, George". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. 
Preceded by
Joseph Story
Mayor of Melbourne
Succeeded by
Cornelius Ham
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
Succeeded by
William Roberts