Thomas Robert Roberts

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Thomas Robert Roberts

Thomas Roberts
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Drayton & Toowoomba
In office
18 May 1907 27 April 1912
Preceded by Edward Smart
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for East Toowoomba
In office
27 April 1912 1 June 1934
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded by James Annand
Personal details
Thomas Robert Roberts

(1869-06-26)26 June 1869
Hucclecote, Gloucestershire, England
Died2 June 1934(1934-06-02) (aged 64)
Southport, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery
Nationality English Australian
Political party CPNP
Other political
Minsterialist, National, Liberal, Kidstonites
Spouse(s)Louise Augusta Muller (m.1895 d.1947]]
Occupation Tinsmith

Thomas Robert Roberts (26 June 1869 – 1 June 1934) was a tinsmith and member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly. [1]

Tinsmith person who makes and works with tin

A tinsmith, sometimes known as a tinner, tinker, tinman, or tinplate worker is a person who makes and repairs things made of tin or other light metals. By extension it can also refer to the person who deals in tinware, or tin plate. Tinsmith was a common occupation in pre-industrial times.



Roberts was born at Hucclecote, Gloucestershire, to parents Thomas Roberts and his wife Ann Matilda (née Eycott). [1] He was educated at the Church of England School in Hucclecote. His mother died when was around two years old and he was bought up by his uncle, Thomas Price and learnt the tinsmith trade. He arrived in Queensland in 1890 and opened his own business in Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, The City Dustpan, which he sold in 1926. [1]

Hucclecote village in United Kingdom

Hucclecote is a village in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, comprising a ward in the City of Gloucester, and an adjacent civil parish in the Borough of Tewkesbury. It is located on the periphery of the city, between Barnwood and Brockworth, along Ermin Way, an old Roman road connecting Gloucester with Cirencester and the Cotswolds.

Gloucestershire County of England

Gloucestershire is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean.

Queensland North-east state of Australia

Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, with Papua New Guinea located less than 200 km across it from the mainland. The state is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi).

On 7 December 1895 [1] he married Louise Augusta Muller (died 1947) [2] and together had one son and three daughters. [1] On 1 June 1934, he travelled to Southport, where he told friends there that he was on a visit for the day and to them he seemed in normal health. Later on into the night though, fishermen caught his body in their nets, about 200 yards from the shore. The police said there were no indications of foul play. [3] His body was taken back to Toowoomba and his funeral proceeded from St Luke's Church of England Church [4] to the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery. [5]

Southport, Queensland Suburb of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Southport is a coastal suburb and the central business district near the midpoint of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and has one of the city's largest communities. As of the 2016 Census, Southport had a population of 31,908.

Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery cemetery in Queensland, Australia

Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery is a heritage-listed cemetery at the corner of South Street and Anzac Avenue, Harristown, Queensland, Australia. It was surveyed in May 1850, and is one of the earliest surviving cemeteries in Queensland. The cemetery is large, containing over 45,000 burials. It has been run by the City of Toowoomba, and its successor the Toowoomba Regional Council, since 1974; previously it was run by government-appointed trustees. Many prominent people associated with the Darling Downs are buried in the cemetery, and all sections of the cemetery remain in use. Notable Toowoomba stonemasons R. C. Ziegler & Son, Henry Bailey, Walter Bruce, John H. Wagner and the Bruce Brothers are all associated with monuments within the cemetery.

Public career

Roberts was an alderman on the Toowoomba City Council for 10 years, including part of the time he spent in the Queensland Parliament. He was a Labour Movement member up until 1907 when William Kidston formed a coalition government whereupon he left the Labour Movement to follow Kidston and from then on supported the parties opposed to Labour. [1]

Australian Labor Party (Queensland Branch) State branch of the Australian Labor Party

The Australian Labor Party , commonly known as Queensland Labor is the Queensland branch of the Australian Labor Party.

William Kidston Australian politician

William Kidston was an Australian politician and Premier of Queensland, from January 1906 to November 1907 and again from February 1908 to February 1911.

A coalition government in a parliamentary system is a government in which multiple political parties cooperate, reducing the dominance of any one party within that "coalition". The usual reason for this arrangement is that no party on its own can achieve a majority in the parliament. A coalition government might also be created in a time of national difficulty or crisis to give a government the high degree of perceived political legitimacy or collective identity it desires while also playing a role in diminishing internal political strife. In such times, parties have formed all-party coalitions. If a coalition collapses, a confidence vote is held or a motion of no confidence is taken.

In 1907, Roberts won the two-member seat of Drayton & Toowoomba for the Ministerialists and held the seat until it was abolished in 1912 and replaced by East Toowoomba. He won the new seat and held it until his death in 1934. He was the Liberal whip in 1918, and, when his party won government in 1929, the Chairman of Committees until the government's defeat in 1932. [1]

1912 Queensland state election

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The Electoral District of East Toowoomba was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. It was created in 1912 when the old seat of Drayton & Toowoomba split into East Toowoomba, Toowoomba and Drayton. East Toowoomba ceased to exist in 1950.

1929 Queensland state election

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 11 May 1929 to elect the 72 members of the state's Legislative Assembly. In this election, Irene Longman became the first woman to both stand and be elected into the Queensland Parliament.

He was Secretary, Trustee and State President of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows and its Grand Master in 1901. He was also the Grand President in Queensland of the Royal Society of St George and a President of the Toowoomba Society for the Prevention of Cruelty. He was involved in many sporting organisations on the Darling Downs including women's hockey, both forms of rugby, and the rifle club. [1]

Royal Society of St George organization

The Royal Society of St George is an English patriotic society established in 1894 to encourage interest in the English way of life, and English customs and traditions.

Darling Downs Region in Queensland, Australia

The Darling Downs is a farming region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in southern Queensland, Australia. The Downs are to the west of South East Queensland and are one of the major regions of Queensland. The name was generally applied to an area approximating to that of the Condamine River catchment upstream of Condamine township but is now applied to a wider region comprising the Southern Downs, Western Downs, Toowoomba and Goondiwindi local authority areas. The name Darling Downs was given in 1827 by Allan Cunningham, the first European explorer to reach the area and recognises the then Governor of New South Wales, Ralph Darling.

Field hockey Team sport version of hockey played on grass or turf with sticks and a round ball

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  2. Family history research Queensland Government births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. "Body Caught In Net". Sunday Mail (575). Queensland, Australia. 3 June 1934. p. 2. Retrieved 25 March 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  4. "Missing M.L.A. Drowned". The Courier-mail (239). Queensland, Australia. 4 June 1934. p. 15. Retrieved 25 March 2016 via National Library of Australia.
  5. Deceased search Toowoomba Regional Council Retrieved 25 March 2016.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Edward Smart
Member for Drayton & Toowoomba
Served alongside: Vernon Redwood, James Tolmie
New seat Member for East Toowoomba
Succeeded by
James Annand