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The monument, erected over the grave, commemorates Ernest Alfred Roberts.  The Labour Regulation League paid for the erection of the monument

Ernest Alfred Roberts (1868 – 1913) was a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1908 to 1913.

In 1893, Roberts unsuccessfully stood for election to the South Australian House of Assembly for the seat of Gladstone, but won it for Labor at the 1896 election. Although he initially opposed the sending of South Australian troops to the Second Boer War in 1899, in early 1900 he served as a lieutenant with the 4th Imperial Bushmen's Contingent there. He returned in July 1901, resigned his seat and helped organise the 2nd Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse. He returned to western Transvaal in mid-1902 as a captain. After his return to Australia, he edited the Labor Weekly Herald from 1904 to 1908 and founded the South Australian Government Workers Association. 

Roberts won the 1908 Adelaide by- election. He was an honorary minister in the second Fisher Ministry, representing the Minister for Defence in the House of Representatives from October 1911 to 1913 and was acting Minister for Defence in 1911 while George Pearce was visiting England. On the 2nd December 1913, just after speaking in Parliament in Melbourne he collapsed and died of a heart condition.



Address:West Terrace, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.933476
Long: 138.587185
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 13th January, 1917
Front Inscription

In loving memory of Ernest Alfred Roberts

Labor Member of the House of Representatives in the Commonwealth Parliament for the Division of Adelaide

Died December 2nd 1913
Aged 45 years

A token of esteem and appreciation of his unstinting efforts, in the interests of his fellow men.

"He died at his post"

Source: MA,ADB
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