Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Herbert Graham Swan
Birth
Date 23 August 1869 Place Dapto (Wollongong), New South Wales, Australia
Arrival in WA
1896
Parents
Son of William Henry, farmer, and Elizabeth Graham
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 10 May 1897, St George's Cathedral, Perth to Mary Ann Cowless (born circa 1868), daughter of James and Hannah Bingham
Children: one son and two daughters
Divorced 13 May 1913
Married (2) 18 June 1913, District Registry Office, Narrogin to Minnie Waugh, daughter of John Hastie and Eleanor McTiernan
No children
Death
Date 14 June 1949Place Sunset Home, Nedlands, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Railway engineer
Employment History
Apprenticed at 15 years to engineering trade in NSW Railways Department then in mining
From 1896–1908 with Western Australian Government Railways
After leaving Parliament worked as a business manager, also inspector of shops and factories
House
MLA
Party
Labor
Date Elected
11 September 1908
Inaugural Speech
-Swan, Herbert Graham, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1914
Electorate
North Perth
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA North Perth 11 September 1908–21 October 1914
  • Contested North Perth 21 October 1914, 12 March 1921
Background/Membership
A founder of Amalgamated Railway Employees Association, treasurer 1900–1901, president 1905–1908
After leaving Parliament resided in North Perth
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. 191.
Further Information
J.S. Battye (ed.),The Cyclopaedia of Western Australia, 2 vols, Adelaide: Hussey and Gillingham, 1912–13, Vol I, 353.
West Australian, 13 September 1908.
Wise: Western Australian Directory 1895–1947 (1915–1947)
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