Stewart, Percy Gerald

Born 18 October 1885 (Footscray, Victoria)
Died 15 October 1931. (Carwarp. Carwarp cemetery)
Parents: William, master mariner, and Isabella Farrington
Marriage: 1916 Edith Catherine Roberts
Occupation: Sailor and farmer
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Yarraville State School

Career: Worked in Melbourne glass bottle factory; at 15 navvy on Woomelang-Mildura railway; Mallee shepherd for E. H. Lascelles; lost job in 1902 drought and worked in Gippsland; went to sea 1905, gained master's certificate; farm labourer USA and Canada; returned to Aust. on father's death 1909; share farmer and contractor Woomelang; in 1913 selected 630 acres for wheat farming at Carwarp, sold early 1920s and moved to Carwarp West; with Department of Agric. established experimental farm 1915; president Ouyen Agric. Society 1918-1931, Carwarp Progress Association; Australian Natives Association member; a founder Vic. Wheatgrowers Association.

Party: Victorian Farmers Union
Party Note: With I. Hart and J. J. Hall (q.v.) founded Victorian Farmers Union 1916; in parl. often voted with Labor; Country Progressive 1926-1930.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLASwan HillNovember 1917 October 1919Resigned

Non-Victorian Parliamentary Service: MHR Wimmera 1919-1931
Appointments: Minister for Works and Railways 1923-1924
References: Who's Who in Australia 1922-1928; Farmer's Advocate 20 Nov 1919; Argus 16 Oct 1931; Beaton, F. M., 'Carwarp', Canberra, 1968?; Ellis, U. R., 'A History of the Australian Country Party', Melbourne, 1963; Graham, B. D., 'The Formation of the Australian Country Parties', Canberra, 1966.
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: 1985 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.