Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Walter Dwyer
Birth
Date 27 August 1875 Place Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, Ireland
Parents
Walter, contractor, and Mary Hartrey
Marriage and Family
Married 28 August 1912, St Mary’s Church, Guildford to Maude Mary Smith (born circa June 1885 and died 8 June 1969), daughter of Charles and Mary Ann Morrissey
Children: two daughters
Death
Date 22 March 1950Place St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Education
Christian Brothers Seminary, Tipperary, Ireland
Studied law part-time in Australia
Articles Kalgoorlie 1904
1907 Bachelor of Laws, London

Admitted to the Western Australian Bar 1907
Occupation
Lawyer
Employment History
1891–1994 assistant master Christian Brothers' College Melbourne
1895–1904 administration section Western Australian Education Department

Barrister
1907–1909 practised law in Kalgoorlie, 1910–1950 in Perth (from 1917 with Dwyer, Durack and Dunphy)
Defended several Industrial Workers of the World defendants 1916, led prohibited march in the city, St Patrick’s Day 1919
1926–1945 first President WA Arbitration Court
House
MLA
Party
Labor
Joined Australian Labor Party 1910
Date Elected
3 October 1911
Inaugural Speech
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Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1914
Electorate
Perth
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Perth 3 October 1911–21 October 1914
  • Contested Perth 21 October 1914
Background/Membership
Arrived Melbourne 1891
1905–1907 in Perth
1913–1947 trustee Perth Public Library and Art Gallery, president 1929–1947
Qualifications
Bachelor of Laws, London
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, 2011, p. 69.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 11 May 2015. http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php?id=KB00137111
Further Information
E. A. Dunphy, 'Dwyer, Sir Walter (1875–1950)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/dwyer-sir-walter-6067/text10383, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 17 December 2015.
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