George Edwards (Australian politician)

George Bertrand Edwards (30 January 1855 – 4 February 1911) was an Australian politician. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, where he was educated, he was a journalist in Tasmania before moving to Melbourne, where he became a businessman, later moving to Sydney. In 1901, he contested the first federal election as the Free Trade candidate for South Sydney, and won. He held the seat until his retirement in 1906. In 1910 he returned to the House of Representatives as the Liberal member for North Sydney, but he died shortly afterwards in 1911.[1]

George Edwards
George Bertrand Edwards (cropped).jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for South Sydney
In office
29 March 1901 – 8 November 1906
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byChris Watson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for North Sydney
In office
13 April 1910 – 4 February 1911
Preceded byDugald Thomson
Succeeded byGranville Ryrie
Personal details
Born(1855-01-30)30 January 1855
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Died4 February 1911(1911-02-04) (aged 56)
Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyFree Trade (1901–06)
Liberal (1909–11)
OccupationJournalist

Edwards was an early supporter of decimalisation and metrification, and moved several motions calling on Australia to adopt the metric system and a decimal currency.[2][3]

DeathEdit

Edwards was killed when an acetylene gasometer exploded at his property in Turramurra on 4 February 1911. A mechanic named John Graham was also killed in the explosion, which was overheard by Edwards' daughter Annie. The explosion destroyed the brick structure in which the gasometer was housed, and the victim's bodies were found some distance from the gasometer, both with severe head injuries.[4] A coronial inquiry returned a verdict of accidental death.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
  2. ^ Tiger Webb (7 March 2018). "Are you pronouncing 'kilometre' correctly?". ABC News. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES // QUESTION: DECIMAL SYSTEMS OF MONEY, WEIGHT, AND MEASURE, 4 August 1910.
  4. ^ "Tragic explosion". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 February 1911.
  5. ^ "The gas explosion". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 February 1911.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
new seat
Member for South Sydney
1901–1906
Succeeded by
Chris Watson
Preceded by
Dugald Thomson
Member for North Sydney
1910–1911
Succeeded by
Granville Ryrie