Lou Barnes

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Lou Barnes
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Cairns
In office
31 October 1942 – 3 May 1947
Preceded by John O'Keefe
Succeeded by Thomas Crowley
Personal details
Born Louis Joseph Barnes
(1906-01-13)13 January 1906
Gympie, Queensland, Australia
Died 2 June 1983(1983-06-02) (aged 77)
Southport, Queensland, Australia
Political party King O'Malley Labor
Spouse(s) Muriel Eileen Burke (m.1934)
Relations Frank Barnes (brother)
Occupation Men's Mercer

Louis Joseph "Lou" Barnes (13 January 1906 - 2 June 1983) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]


Barnes was born at Gympie, Queensland, the son of George Daniel Barnes and his wife Bridget Maria (née Gorey). He was educated at the Christian Brothers' College in Gympie and after leaving school was a tea merchant in 1932, a traveler for the Castlemaine Perkins and from 1947 until 1975 a men's Mercer at Beaudesert.

On the 24th April 1934 he married Muriel Eileen Burke[1] (died 1978)[2] and together had two sons. Later changing his middle name to Gabriel, Barnes died at Southport in June 1983 and was buried in the Southport Lawn Cemetery.[3]

Public career[edit]

Barnes, a member of the King O'Malley Labor Party, won the 1942 by-election for the seat of Cairns in the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[4] The by-election was caused by the death of John O'Keefe in January of that year.[5] He went on to represent the electorate until 1947 when he was defeated by Thomas Crowley at that year's state elections.[6]

After his defeat, Barnes was an alderman on the Gold Coast City Council from 1949 until 1952.[1] His brother, Frank Barnes, was the member for Bundaberg from 1941 to 1950.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Muriel Eileen BarnesFind a Grave. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  3. ^ Louis Gabriel BarnesFind a Grave. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ "HOW STATE VOTED FOR NEW PARLIAMENT". The Courier-mail (3310). Queensland, Australia. 17 April 1944. p. 4. Retrieved 12 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "DEATH OF MR. O'KEEFE, MINISTER FOR MINES". The Courier-mail (2621). Queensland, Australia. 28 January 1942. p. 3. Retrieved 12 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "LATEST POLL FIGURES". The Courier-mail (4189). Queensland, Australia. 1 May 1950. p. 4. Retrieved 12 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ Barnes, John Francis (Frank)Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
John O'Keefe
Member for Cairns
Succeeded by
Thomas Crowley