John Carr, M.L.C., was born at Port Adelaide a son of Thomas Carr, who worked on the wharfs and was one of the founders of the Working Men's Association in 1872.
Port Adelaide Library
Name added to memorial (south side) 1929 He was nominated by the Port Adelaide Trades and Labour Council
Photo in the memorial committee photo (Chronicle 1921)
John Carr was born in Port Adelaide on July 15 1870. He married Margaret Thomas in 1893 and they had four children, Florence, William, John and George.
John was a laborer at Bells of Port Adelaide
He was actively interested in the Labor Movement, being several times president of the Working Men’s Association (later the Waterside Workers Federation) and secretary for twelve years, representing the Association at many conferences including those of the United Labor Party (later Australian Labor Party), Eight Hours Committee and the Trades and Labor Council. He was Assistant Secretary of the Port Adelaide branch of the Labor Party when it was first formed.
John was also Secretary of the Port Adelaide Storemans Union, Secretary of the Federated Marine Stewards Union, and Secretary of the Port Adelaide Co-operative Accident Relief Society.
He was part of the original committee from the Port Adelaide Electorate Committee of the United Labor Party to ask Council for permission to erect the memorial.
John was elected to the South Australian Parliament in 1912 as a member of the Legislative Council for Central District No 1 which included Port Adelaide, until his death on June 6 1929.
John was also very active in sports being president of the Port Adelaide Football Association and Secretary of the West Torrens Football Club
. Rest after pain, CARR.—On the 6th June, at Dale-street. Port Adelaide. John, the beloved husband of Margaret Carr and loving father of Flo., Jack, and George, aged 58 years. At rest. Saturday 6 July 1929
Contemporary press clippings:
- Biographical. ELECTED UNOPPOSED. HON. JOHN CARR.
- The Hon. John Carr, the new member for Central District No. 1 of the Legislative Council, was nominated by the Labour Party. He was born at Port Adelaide on July 15, 1871, and was educated at the Port Adelaide Public School. He has taken a leading part in the Trade Union movement since 1899. On three occasions he has been President of the Working Men's Association, and for the last 12 years has been Corresponding Secretary, and also for 12 months Treasurer. Mr. Carr has represented the association on nearly every conference held from 1890 with the employers of maritime labour in South Australia, and there has been no trouble from 1890 up to the present. He has also represented the association at different times, the council of the United Labour Party, the Eight Hours Committee, and the Trades and Labour Council. He joined the United Labour Party on its inauguration at Port Adelaide, and held the position of Assistant Secretary, and has also been Vice-President and President of the branch. He is Secretary of the Port Adelaide Storemen's Union, local Secretary of the Federated Marine Cooks' Association, and Secretary of the Port Adelaide Co-operative Accident Relief Society, in connection with the workers; was President of the Port Adelaide Football Association, and also Secretary for two years of the West Torrens Football Club. His father, the late Mr. Thomas Carr, was one of the founders of the Working Men's Association in 1872. The new member is popular with the workers in the district.