Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
John Marquis Hopkins
Birth
Date 1870 Place Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
Circa 1895–1896 arrived in WA
Parents
27 August 1870, West Ballarat, Victoria, son of John and Alexandrina MacKay
Marriage and Family
Married 7 January 1896, Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria (Christian Church), to Thomasina Henrietta Alice Benzley (born circa 1868), daughter of Rudolph and Jane Moffat
Children: five sons
Death
Date 3 July 1912Place Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Cemetery Springvale Cemetery, VictoriaCause of Death
Religion
Presbyterian
Education
Educated state schools Brunswick College
Occupation
Auctioneer
Employment History
Joined Victoria Railways, porter
Stockman and grazier in Victoria
Auctioneer and sharebroker at Boulder by 1896
Pastoralist, owned Myall and Rifle Downs Stations near Darkan
1905 auctioneer at Stock and Station agency Perth and owned farm near Beverley
House
MLA
Party
Liberal
Date Elected
24 April 1901
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1910
Electorate
Boulder
Parliamentary Service
State

Electorates
  • MLA Boulder 24 April 1901–27 October 1905; Beverley 11 September 1908–28 July 1910 (seat declared vacant under Section 31 of Constitution Act Amendment Act, 1899)
  • Contested Boulder 27 October 1905, Pilbara 23 July 1906 (by-election)

Office
  • Minister for Lands 17 February 1903–10 August 1904

Commonwealth

Electorates
  • Contested Kalgoorlie (House of Representatives) March 1901
Background/Membership
Family farmed in Gippsland area
Founded Boulder Progress Association
Foundation chairman Boulder Racing Club
Hon. treasurer Alluvial Rights Protection Association
1910 found guilty of uttering fraudulent document, imprisoned, released October 1911
Moved to Melbourne with family
Mayor of Boulder 1898–1901
References
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1890-1930, p. 101-102.
Twentieth Century Impressions, p. 31.
West Australian, 14 September 1908.
Western Mail, 16 April 1910.
Who's Who in Australia, (1906)
Further Information
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