A king maker is a person who has power to influence the choice of a candidate for a public office, business leader, or the like. Pasha Barry held all these qualifications.
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An article in the Wellington Times of September 14,1916, claims that Pasha Barry was one of the fathers of the Labour Party in New South Wales Parliament, though he never ever sat in that often desecrated sanctuary.
In October 1885 David Buchanan, one of the triumvirate members for the Electorate of Mudgee had resigned.
An extraordinary election was called for July 2, 1886 to fill the vacancy.
Nomination day was set for June 29, 1886, and receipt of nominations would close at 12noon on that day. Now, in the eighties Nomination Day had much more importance than it holds today.
Large crowds attended the verandah of the local court house to hear the nominations read out by the returning officer and to hear speeches given by each candidate.
Almost on the tick of the clock for the closing of nominations Pasha Barry made a denouement that will live in the minds of all present until they have passed to glory.
It looked a certainty that Mr. Richard Rouse would be nominated unopposed, and therefore automatically elected for the Electorate of Mudgee. Mr Rouse had previously represented Mudgee from October, 1876 to March, 1879.
At 11 o’clock on the morning of Nomination Day Pasha Barry with a colleague drove six miles out of town, along the old Cassilis Road, where a maintenance man, William Chandos “Billy” Wall was working. Pasha Barry assumed a serious air, which was a mystery to “Billy”.
Only a few words were spoken, and “Billy” had no option but to get in to the trap, with his bow- angs unremoved, in his short sleeved flannel shirt, without a coat, and thus mystified was hurried off to Mudgee.
Barry timed the arrival so that they would reach the “hustlings” just on the tick of noon.
The returning officer was just about to declare Mr Rouse elected unopposed, when Pasha Barry called out “Hold” and handed to the returning officer “Billy” Wall’s nomination.
Mr Rouse with one contemptuous look, showed his resentment of what he regarded as an insulting levity, and forthwith retired.
“Billy” Wall, (William Chandos Wall) was therefore elected unopposed. He served the Mudgee electorate until June, 1894. From July 1894 to July 1895 he represented the Rylstone
Pasha Barry left Wellingon in about 1900 to reside in the Cunnamulla district in Queensland.
Three years previously he had purchased for 2,840 pounds there, a clover grazing farm there, comprising 20,000 acres and running 3,500 sheep.
This 20,000 acres was part of the Claverton estate.
The Calverton estate was a consolidation of adjoining blocks, which in later years was taken over by Cobb and Co who then established a stage coach service to and from Cunnamulla.
This was not Pasha’s first venture into rural property for years previously he had acquired country land along the Bell River, near Welllington. He had lived in Wellington, on and off for 52 years and in Mudgee and Cunnamulla each for about 5 years.
Pasha Barry died on 12 October, 1918, aged 86 years at Wellington. He was buried at the Catholic Cemetery Waverly next to his second wife Mary Kate Nash.
Children of both marriages were James Gerald, Mary and Lucy. He left a substantial estate the distribution being finalized 13 years later in 1931.
He will return through those stations in the dusty outback,
He’ll drive his coach over those deep rooted tracks,
This then is history, this then will grow,
With the stories and legends that made Cobb and Co.
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