Hon George Bennetts
| || Date: 11 April 1890|
Place: Wallaroo Mines, South Australia, Australia
Arrival in WA
|Came to Western Australia 16 January 1896|
|Son of George Bennetts, Engine Driver, and Julia Ann Pope |
Marriage and Family
|Married 30 January 1912, District Registry Office, Kalgoorlie, Alice Lillian King (born circa 1891), daughter of Fred and Alice Naomi Berry|
Children: four sons and three daughters
Widowed 5 January 1977
|Date: 27 March 1980|
Place: Craigwood convalescent home, Como, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
|Reverend Collick’s School 1896, Convent School on the Horseshoe Lease, and South Boulder School|
Left school at 14 years
|Started work as labourer with building contractor, then in bicycle trade|
Pulled sandalwood (1906)
Joined Western Australian Government Railways (1911) as a porter, worked in Kalgoorlie and Boulder as acting conductor and ticket collector
Worked on Ivanhoe mine
From 1913 in Commonwealth Railways construction branch, then on trains, head conductor on first Trans-Australia train
Retired to Perth
Local Government Service
|Kalgoorlie Municipal Council 28 November 1935–November 1952|
|22 May 1946|
|Bennetts, George Inaugural Speech.pdf|
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- MLC South Province (South East Province from 1950) 22 May 1946–21 May 1965
- Contested North East Province 11 May 1940
- Member Joint Printing Committee 1953–65
|For many years officer of Australian Workers Union, railways branch|
Justice of the Peace
Superintendent St John’s Ambulance, Kalgoorlie
Raised money to buy Kalgoorlie’s first ambulance
Prime mover in construction of first Kalgoorlie swimming pool
|D Black and G Bolton, eds. Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Vol. 2, 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, 2010 , p. 14.|
Sunday Times, 28 January 1972.
West Australian, 28 March 1980.
Who's Who in Australia, 1962.
Dictionary of Western Australians, volume 5.
Transcript of oral interview, Battye Library, Perth.