Pearce, George Foster, (Sir) (1870-1952, )

Pearce, George Foster, (Sir) (1870-1952, )
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Pearce, George Foster, (Rt Hon Sir) (1870-1952)
Pearce, George Foster, (Sir) (1870-1952)
Pearce, George Foster (1870-1952, )
Pearce, Sir George Foster, (Sir)
Pearce, Sir George Foster, (Sir) (1870-1952, )
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Politician; Past Member of the Australian Federal Parliament; Senator; Senator for Western Australia; Senator for
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Sir George Foster Pearce (1870-1952), politician, was born on 14 January 1870 at Mount Barker, South Australia, fifth of eleven children of English parents James Pearce, blacksmith, and his wife Jane,...

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Senator for Western Australia, 1901–38 (Labor Party; National Labour Party; Nationalist Party; United Australia Party)

In the next five years he became one of Perth’s most prominent trade unionists. Moderate in outlook, he preferred negotiation to confrontation, although the building strike he led in February 1897, which saw him blacklisted for some weeks, only enhanced his standing in the labour movement.[1] Three years later, in recognition of his efforts to bring about democratic and social reforms, he became the Trades and Labor Council’s nominee to contest the Senate election of 1901. He stood as a Free Trader, while Hugh de Largie, the nominee of goldfields’ labour organisations, stood as a Protectionist. Both were elected.

Most of the Commonwealth’s first politicians, regardless of their party affiliations, believed that the state should take responsibility for creating greater social justice and equality. There was room for argument over how far the state should go, but the principle was not seriously challenged. Pearce was at home in such an environment and he adjusted quickly to the life of a senator, becoming a powerful advocate for the policies of the Labor Party. He favoured a White Australia, a land tax to fund social welfare schemes, a people’s bank, the nationalisation of some large industries, a citizen defence force (as opposed to a standing army) and old-age pensions. And he was one of those Labor Free Traders who endorsed New Protection when it became obvious that they would have to live with tariffs.[2]

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  1. Papers of George Foster Pearce
    Pearce, George Foster, Sir, 1870-1952
    [ Unpublished : 1909-1952 ]
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  2. Papers of George Foster Pearce
    Pearce, George Foster, Sir, 1870-1952
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  3. Papers of George Foster Pearce
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  4. Letter
    James, Walter, Sir, 1863-1943
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  5. Carpenter to cabinet : thirty-seven years of parliament / by Sir George Foster Pearce ; with a foreword by Viscount Bruce of Melbourne
    Pearce, George Foster, Sir, 1870-1952
    [ Book : 1951 ]
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  6. Correspondence
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  7. Letter
    Pearce, George Foster, Sir, 1870-1952
    [ Unpublished : 1918 ]
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  8. [Commission, 1921 Oct. 24, asking George Foster Pearce to attend the Washington disarmament conference] [from George, King of Great Britain]
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    [ Unpublished : 1921 ]
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  9. Conference on the Limitation of Armament held at Washington, D.C., United States of America, from the 12 th November 1921 to 6th February 1922 : report of the Australian delegate, Senator the Right Hon. George Foster Pearce
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    [ Government publication, Book : 1922 ]
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  10. Speech by Senator the Right Hon. Sir George Pearce, P.C., K.C.V.O., Vice-President of the Executive Council, on the Arbitration (Public Service) Bill, 1929 : second reading
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  3. [Biographical cuttings on George Foster Pearce, politician, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  4. Papers of George Foster Pearce
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  6. Carpenter to cabinet : thirty-seven years of parliament / by Sir George Foster Pearce ; with a foreword by Viscount Bruce of Melbourne
    Pearce, George Foster, Sir, 1870-1952
    [ Book : 1951 ]
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  7. George Foster Pearce : a guide to his correspondence in the National Library of Australia
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    [ Book : 1967 ]
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  8. Australian tourists in South Africa
    [ Photograph : 1921 ]
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  9. Quiet decision: a study of George Foster Pearce. / [Melb.], M.U.P., [1965] bibl., illus
    Heydon, Peter Richard, 1913-
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  1. RESIGNATION OF THE HON. SIR FREDERIC WILLIAM EGGLESTON. APPOINTMENT OF PROFESSOR RICHARD CHARLES MILLS, O.B.E., LL.M., D.SC.ECON., ASSOCIATE-PROFESSOR GORDON LESLIE WOOD, M.A., LIT...
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 13 November 1941 [Issue No.226] p 2509

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... WOOD, M.A., LITT., D., AND THE RIGHT HON. SIR GEORGE FOSTER PEARCE, K.C.V.O. HIS Excellency the ... .D., and the Right Honorable Sir George Foster Pearce, K.C.V.O., be re-appt>inted members of the said ... 205 words
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  2. APPOINTMENT OF THE HONORABLE FREDERICK WILLIAM EGGLESTON, ASSOCIATE-PROFESSOR GORDON LESLIE WOOD. M.A., LITT.D., AND THE RIGHT HONORABLE SIR GEORGE F. PEARCE, K.C.V.O.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 5 January 1939 [Issue No.1] p 7

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... , M.A., Litt.D., and the Right Honorable Sir George Foster Pearce, K.O.V.O.. be appointed members of ... , ASSOCIATE-PROFESSOR GORDON LESLIE WOOD. M.A., LITT.D., AND THE RIGHT HONORABLE SIR GEORGE F. PEARCE, K ... 165 words
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  3. UNCLAIMED MONEYS FOR 1/1/97-30/6/97
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 10 September 1999 [Issue No.104] p 8833

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    ... EDWARDS & PHILIP RUSSELL EDWARDS ALAN N BOURCHIER ALAN PETER HANSMAN & THOMAS GEORGE WHITBREAD ALAN ... RAYMOND EDWARDS ALAN ROBERT PEARCE ALAN STEVENS ALAN UPSTIL & JOAN M UPSTILL ALBA GUTIERREZ ALBANS J ... 60428 words
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    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Tuesday 26 September 1933 p 11 Article
    ... the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, brought It Into being. Before the Great War Britain had adopted thls ... SIR GEORGE PEARCES SPEECH. The Minister said that nothing which he said had any party significance ... 4797 words
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  2. THE BEST METHOD OF DEFENCE. SIR GEORGE FOSTER PEARCE
    Daily Standard (Brisbane, Qld. : 1912 - 1936) Wednesday 19 April 1933 p 4 Article
    ... THE BEST METHOD1 ^ \ OF DEFENCE. ;OIR .GEORGE- FOSTER PEARCE ,v. of,.;,the, many. .Ministries ... that .the Pearces seem to be, able to find In which to;cut-the co?t of past wars U.ori the, pensions of ... 274 words
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  3. Estate of Sir George Pearce
    Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954) Saturday 6 September 1952 p 9 Article
    ... Estate of Sir George Pearce Melbourne. - Sir George Foster Pearce, " of Elwood, who died on June 24 ... , left estate iii Victoria valued at ?13,852. Sir George Pearce was an original -member of Federal ... 56 words
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  1. The Rt Hon Sir George Foster Pearce (1870/ 1952): trials and triumphs of an Australian Defence Minister
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    Defence Force Journal
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  2. George Foster Pearce and the Perth building trades strikes of 1897
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    Bulletin of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
    [ Article : 1962 ]
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  3. George Foster Pearce and the Western Australian labour movement: 1892-1901
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    University Studies in History
    [ Article : 1965 ]
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  4. Guide to the papers of Sir George Pearce
    [ Data set : 1937 ]
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