George Thomas Gladman was born on 19 Jun 1870, the son of Thomas Gladman (1845-1929) and his wife Sarah Anne Gould (1849-1923) who were married in Launceston in 1869. George was educated at the Launceston High School and the Launceston Church Grammar School. He married Lena Cecilia Smith at Longford on 21 Mar 1903. They were living in Richards Avenue, East Launceston, when their three children were born: Norman Cecil (1904-1981); Creighton George (1905-1967); and Hubert Thomas in 1909.
George was for some years a clerk with the Commercial Union Insurance Co. in Launceston. He later went into business as the proprietor of the Imperial Cafe in Brisbane Street near the Quadrant. George remained there for ten years, retired for a couple of years and lived at 'Penquite', then became the proprietor of the Hotel Metropole in Brisbane Street. He never took part in public affairs but was greatly respected in Launceston and well-liked by the travelling public. He was a member of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church. George Gladman died on 14 Jul 1937, just over three months after his wife Lena, who died on 28 Mar 1937. They are buried next to each other at the Carr Villa Cemetery.