The Eagle Magazine Jul 1911 Sir G H Farrar - Part Two

The Eagle Magazine Jul 1911 Sir G H Farrar - Part Two

known July 1911

The Eagle, Vol XI, No. III. SIR GEORGE FARRAR, BART, D.S.O, M.L.A (Continued): "From 1895 onwards history was made quickly. It is common knowledge how that in 1896, he, with three others - Mr. Lionel Phillips, Colonel Frank Rhodes, Mr. John Hays Hammond - was sentenced to death in connection with the then political situation. The sentence was commuted. Then in 1899, came the war, and the name of George Herbert Farrar was, we may be sure, one of the earliest to appear in the legion of volunteers. He received an appointment as a Major on the Staff of the Colonial Division, was one of General Brabant's most trusted and reliable guides, during the campaign in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, and took part in subsequent heavy fights, including the historic relief of Wepener*, wherein his brother, Captain Percy Farrar D.S.O, was besieged. Major Farrar D.S.O, was mentioned in despatches, awarded the Queen's medal with four clasps, and gained his D.S.O. Soon after the war came a well-earned knighthood. In 1903 he was elected President of the Chamber of Mines, and during his term of office the question of Chinese labour for the mines was introduced in the Legislature and carried through; though, as is known, the fate of this imported labour was sealed in 1907, with the advent of responsible Government. About 1902-03 he accepted the membership of the nominated Government of the Transvaal, also membership of the Inter-Colonial Council (Transvaal and Orange Free State). In the early part of 1907 the first elections of the Transvaal under Responsible Government took place, and Sir George, along with others, had to enter the arena and fight for a seat. He had been uninterruptedly President of the Progressive Party since about 1904, and therefor it followed that he was unanimously chosen Leader of the Opposition in 1907. This office he held until the merging of the Transvaal in to the Union. On October the 12th, 1908, at Durban, Sir George, as one of the Transvaal delegates, took part in the great Convention. Early on he made (so report had it) a telling speech, one that for transparent sincerity and earnestness of purpose won for him the gratitude of all who heard it. One simple sentence was to the effect that, as regarded the late war, whatever was or could be said on behalf of either side, both sides had shared in the suffering, so let them now, after war's cleansing power, both begin with a clean slate. As is well known, Sir George Farrar is now member for Georgetown in the Union Parliament. It was one of the most strenuous fights of the campaign. On New Year's Day this year Sir George was created a baronet, and the honour was decidedly a popular one. All these years he has been fighting in the front rank, and as once was well said of him, "His unselfish devotion to the public weal, and his sturdy and fearless independence, make him the type of man whom we need in South Africa." * Where Col. Dalgety, now resident in Bedford, was in command of the British.

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    Born 1859

    Died 1915

    South African Services Lt Col D.A.Q.M.G

    South African Services Colonel Assistant Quartermaster General (A.Q.M.G) - Active Citizen Force attd. General Staff