James Larcombe

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The Hon
James Larcombe
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31st Treasurer of Queensland
In office
7 March 1946 – 10 May 1950
Preceded by Ned Hanlon
Succeeded by Vince Gair
Constituency Rockhampton
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Keppel
In office
27 April 1912 – 11 May 1929
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Owen Daniel
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Rockhampton
In office
11 June 1932 – 19 May 1956
Preceded by Thomas Dunlop
Succeeded by Mick Gardner
Personal details
Born (1884-04-25)25 April 1884
Rockhampton, Queensland
Died 21 June 1957(1957-06-21) (aged 73)
Brisbane, Queensland
Resting place South Rockhampton Cemetery
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Butcher

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 (née 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.


At the 1912 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). At the 1929 election, he was defeated by Daniel Owen of the Country and Progressive National Party.[2][3]

He was elected again to the legislative assembly in the electoral district of Rockhampton at the 1932 election. 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 at the 1956 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]

Having never married, Larcombe died in Brisbane on 21 June 1957. He was accorded a State funeral[2] which took place from St Paul's Cathedral, Rockhampton to the South Rockhampton Cemetery.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b Joy Guyatt. "Larcombe, James". Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly 1860-2012 and the Legislative Council 1860-1922" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Record Terms of Service" (PDF). Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  5. ^ South Rockhampton Cemetery (Rockhampton General Cemetery) IndexRockhampton Regional Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Keppel
Succeeded by
Owen Daniel
Preceded by
Thomas Dunlop
Member for Rockhampton
Succeeded by
Mick Gardner