Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Thomas Percy Draper
Principal Honours
Awarded Chairman of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 1918 for war work
Birth
Date 29 December 1864 Place Warrington, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
1892
Parents
Thomas, tanner, and Annie Webster
Brother-in-law of Sir Norbert Keenan
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 15 July 1894, St George’s Cathedral, Perth to Mabel Constance Parker (born 9 May 1875), daughter of Stephen Henry and Amy Katherine Leake
Children: four sons and two daughters
Widowed 16 January 1930
Married (2) 9 April 1931, St Mary’s Church, West Perth to Bessie Melrose Barker (nee Ferguson) (born circa 1878), widow, daughter of Hugh and Jessie Melrose
No children
Widowed 19 April 1944
Death
Date 11 July 1946Place West Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Tonbridge 1880–1883 and Clare College, Cambridge 1883–1886
Occupation
Lawyer
Employment History
January 1891, Bar, Inner Temple
Western Australian Bar 1892
Master at Perth High School
Associate to Mr Justice Hensman, then secretary of Crown Law Department
Private practice 1894–96, in Coolgardie, 1896–1897
1901–1921 with Parker and Parker
King's Counsel 1915

1914–1920 Senate, University of Western Australia
1921–1939 Judge of Western Australian Supreme Court
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Perth City Council 1898–1901
Party
Liberal to 1917 then Nationalist
Date Elected
2 September 1907
Inaugural Speech
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Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1921
Electorate
West Perth
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA West Perth September 1907 (by-election)–3 October 1911; 29 September 1917–12 March 1921
  • Contested West Perth 12 May 1921

Office
  • Attorney General 17 May 1919–12 March 1921
Background/Membership
Keen cricketer
Many years president Western Australian Cricket Association
Chairman Red Cross during World War I
Qualifications
First class honours in classics
Bar, Inner Temple
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2010, p. 67.
Further Information
G. C. Bolton and Pat Simpson, 'Draper, Thomas Percy (1864–1946)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/draper-thomas-percy-6017/text10243, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 17 December 2015.
BDWA II.
West Australian, 1 October 1917, 22 December 1939.
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