Thomas Robert Roberts

Thomas Roberts
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Drayton & Toowoomba
In office
18 May 1907  27 April 1912
Serving with Vernon Redwood, James Tolmie
Preceded by Edward Smart
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for East Toowoomba
In office
27 April 1912  1 June 1934
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by James Annand
Personal details
Born Thomas Robert Roberts
(1869-06-26)26 June 1869
Hucclecote, Gloucestershire, England
Died 2 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, Nationalist, Liberal
Spouse(s) Louise Augusta Muller (m.1895 d.1947]]
Occupation Tinsmith
Religion Church of England

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


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 The City Dustpan, which he sold in 1926.[1]

On the 7 December 1895[1] he married Louise Augusta Muller (died 1947)[2] and together had one son and three daughters.[1] On the 1st 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]

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]

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]

He was Secretary, Trustee and State President of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows and it's 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]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  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

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