Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
William Gordon Brookman
Birth
Date 8 August 1859 Place Prospect, South Australia
Parents
Third son of Benjamin, Government stamp printer, and Jane Wilson
Marriage and Family
Married (?) Anne Kinder (nee Flynn), widow with four children (daughter of a Boulder hotelkeeper)
Death
Date 5 January 1910Place Prospect, South Australia
Cemetery Cause of Death
Religion
Not stated
Education
Educated Whinham College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation
Businessperson
Employment History
1875–1880 public servant, then joined elder brother (Sir George) in general merchant and agency business
By 1889 principal of Chance & Co, jam and pickle manufacturers, failed 1890
1892 undischarged bankrupt
1893 with brother George and others in mining syndicate
Took up 19 leases south of Kalgoorlie
Floated three companies in Australia, others in London
1894 obtained control of some 800 hectares of mining leases
1895 in Adelaide made settlement in full in discharge of his bankruptcy, then sailed for London
House
MLC
Local Government Service
1900–1901 Mayor of Perth
Twice petitioned to displace Alexander Forrest, Mayor of Perth, and agreed to nominate when he vacated the post
Failure of last major venture to smelt ores at South Fremantle made him ineligible to hold office
Date Elected
29 August 1900
Inaugural Speech
-No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
Speeches
Search for speeches by William Brookman
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1903
Electorate
Metropolitan-Suburban
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC Metropolitan–Suburban Province 29 August 1900–15 December 1903 (seat declared vacant through non-attendance)
Background/Membership
Director of some thirty mining companies
Opulent style of living, reputedly a millionaire
Returned Perth 31 December 1896
1900 to Paris Exposition
Heavy financial losses in London
1901 retired to Mandurah
Sold assets to meet his debts, wife deserted him
Made last appearance in Legislative Council 29 September 1903
1904 departed Western Australia, travelled in eastern states and New Zealand, settled in Adelaide
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 37.
Further Information
V Courtney, All I may tell: a journalist's story, Shakespeare Head Press, Sydney, 1956, p. 30.
FK Crowley, Australia's western third: a history of Western Australia from the first settlements to modern times, Macmillan, London, 1960, pp. 122, 146.
R Erickson, ed, Dictionary of Western Australians, 1829-1914. Volume 5. The golden years, 1889-1914, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA, 1986.
R. O. Giles, 'Brookman, William Gordon (1859–1910)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/brookman-william-gordon-5376/text9097, published first in hardcopy 1979, accessed online 17 December 2015.
CT Stannage, The people of Perth: a social history of Western Australia's capital city, Perth City Council, Perth, 1979, p. 214–15.
Twentieth Century Impressions of Western Australia, PWH Thiel, Perth, 1901, p. 23, 325–26, p. 412–413.
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