Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Thomas Duff
Birth
Date 7 April 1870 Place Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
1890
Parents
Robert, carpenter, civil servant and business manager, and Sophia Ross
Marriage and Family
Married 15 April 1895, Scots Church, Fremantle to Esther Mary Harkwell (born circa 1876), daughter of James and Mary Ann Varian
Children: one son and one daughter
Widowed 30 January 1943
Death
Date 6 June 1949Place St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Businessperson and publican
Employment History
1893 to Kalgoorlie for gold rush
1895 floated Croesus South United Mine
1902–1904 chief inspector of building branch
Post war reconstruction South Africa
1904 farmer and stockholder, Merredin
Licensee of Merredin Hotel 1907–1947
Part proprietor
Merredin Mercury 1912–1920
1912 floated Edna May Gold Mining Company, Westonia, also Bronco and Horseshoe gold mines, Marvel Loch
House
MLA
Party
Nationalist
Date Elected
14 September 1918
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1921
Electorate
Claremont
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Claremont 14 September 1918 (by-election)–12 March 1921
  • Contested Avon 29 September 1917
Background/Membership
Moved to Cottesloe 1917
Returned to Merredin 1921
Retired to Cottesloe circa 1936 and Mt Lawley
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of
FA Law, The History of the Merredin District, Merredin, 1961, p. 41).
Raeside
West Australian, 16 September 1918
The Western Australia post office directory, Wise & Co, Perth, WA, 1910–21
Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, p. 68.
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