Watty Wallace

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Watty Wallace
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Cairns
In office
19 May 1956 12 October 1964
Preceded by Thomas Crowley
Succeeded by Ray Jones
Personal details
BornGeorge Walter Gordon Wallace
(1900-01-16)16 January 1900
Queensland, Australia
Died 12 October 1964(1964-10-12) (aged 64)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Political party Labor
Spouse(s) Lilian May Clark (m.1920 d.1936), Alice May Kiefel (m.1937 d.1977)
Occupation Meatworker

George Walter Gordon Wallace (16 January 1900 - 12 October 1964) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly. [1]

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Biography

Wallace was born in Queensland, the son of Charles Wallace and his wife Minnie (née Collins). He was educated at the Mareeba and Chillagoe primary schools before joining the First Australian Imperial Force in 1916. He had put his age up by two years in order to enlist and saw action in France and Belgium with the 7th and 21st Machine Gun Companies. [1] On his return to Australia he joined the meat industry, working in both Cairns and Gordonvale as a slaughterman and butcher. [1]

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).

Mareeba Town in Queensland, Australia

Mareeba is a town in Far North Queensland, Australia. The town is 417 metres (1,368 ft) above sea level on the confluence of the Barron River, Granite Creek and Emerald Creek. It is within the local government area of Shire of Mareeba. The town's name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning meeting of the waters. In the 2011 census, Mareeba had a population of 10,181 people.

First Australian Imperial Force Australian Army expeditionary force during World War I

The First Australian Imperial Force was the main expeditionary force of the Australian Army during World War I. It was formed on 15 August 1914, following Britain's declaration of war on Germany, initially with a strength of one infantry division and one light horse brigade. The infantry division subsequently fought at Gallipoli between April and December 1915, being reinforced by a second division which was later raised, as well as three light horse brigades. After being evacuated to Egypt the AIF was expanded to five infantry divisions, which were committed to the fighting in France and Belgium along the Western Front in March 1916. A sixth infantry division was partially raised in 1917 in the United Kingdom, but was broken up and used as reinforcements following heavy casualties on the Western Front. Meanwhile, two mounted divisions remained in the Middle East to fight against Turkish forces in the Sinai and Palestine.

On 7 December 1920 Wallace married Lillian May Clark and together had one son. [1] Lillian died in 1936 [2] and the next year Wallace married Alice May Kiefel [1] (died 1977). [2] He died in October 1964 and was buried in the Martyn Street Cemetery in Cairns.

Public career

Wallace started out in politics as an alderman on the Cairns City Council from 1949 to 1956 and a member of the Cairns Harbour Board from 1952 until 1956. At the 1956 Queensland state election he won the seat of Cairns for the Labor Party, taking over the seat from the retiring member, Thomas Crowley. He represented the electorate until his death in 1964.

Electoral district of Cairns state electoral district of Queensland, Australia

Cairns is an electoral district in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in the state of Queensland, Australia.

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.

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Thomas Crowley
Member for Cairns
19561964
Succeeded by
Ray Jones