Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Francis Edward Sykes Willmott
Birth
Date 1870 Place Kirkley, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom and baptised 21 August 1870
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 1886
Parents
Son of Reverend Henry, rector, and Anne Maria Sykes, and brother-in-law of Edmund Vernon Brockman
Marriage and Family
Married 8 April 1896, Busselton to Frances Edith Brockman (born 23 July 1865 and died circa February 1946), daughter of Edward Reveley and Capel Carter Bussell
Children: three sons, including
Francis Drake Willmott, farmer and politician, and one daughter
Death
Date 29 January 1941Place Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery Bridgetown cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated St John’s College, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, England 1883-1887 (prefect)
Occupation
Orchardist
Employment History
Two years on ER Brockman's property in South West
Then stockman, drover and prospector in Gascoyne and Eastern Goldfields district
1896 worked on Coolgardie Water Scheme
Government supervisor of tanks at Niagara and Mulline
Supervised making of Widgiemooltha–Esperance road
1902–1914 Government forest ranger South West district
Bought Applewood, near Bridgetown, grazier and orchardist
House
MLA
MLC
Party
Country Party
Date Elected
21 October 1914
Inaugural Speech
-Willmott, Francis Edward Sykes, Address-in-Reply, 1915.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1926
Electorate
Nelson
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Nelson 21 October 1914–12 March 1921
  • MLC South-West Province 11 May 1921 (by-election)–21 May 1926
  • Contested Nelson 12 March 1921, South West Province 8 May 1926

Office
  • Leader of the Country Party March 1915–31 July 1919
  • Minister without portfolio 28 June 1917–13 April 1921
Background/Membership
Rejected for army
President Fruitgrowers’ Association and director South West Co-operative Dairy Farmers' Ltd
Farmers' and Settlers' Association executive member
Retired to Busselton in 1938
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, 2001, p. 205.
Further Information
Betty Carter, 'Willmott, Francis Edward Sykes (1870–1941)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/willmott-francis-edward-sykes-9127/text16099, published first in hardcopy 1990, accessed online 12 January 2016.
Colless, VH. Men of Western Australia, p. 6.
Dictionary of Western Australians, 1829-1914. Volume 4. Part 2, L-Z. The challenging years, 1868-1888.
West Australian, 30 January 1941.
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