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Members’ biographical register

Arnold Edmund Piesse

Date: 1872
Place: Guildford, Western Australia
2 April 1872, Guildford, son of William Roper, policeman and magistrate, and Elizabeth Ellen Oxley
Brother of Alfred Napoleon Piesse, Charles Austin Piesse and Frederick Henry Piesse
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 27 March 1897, St George’s Cathedral, Perth to Margaret Mary Chipper, (born 25 February 1876), daughter of Stephen James and Marie Sophia Campbell
Children: one son and two daughters
Widowed 17 October 1902
Married (2) 9 July 1904, St Andrews Church, Katanning to Lille Johnston, (born circa 1878), daughter of James John and Ann Isabella Fleming
Children: one son and one daughter
Date: 21 July 1935
Place: SS Nestor bound for Fremantle
Cemetery: Buried at sea
Cause of Death: Drowned at sea
Church of England
Educated Toodyay State school
Employment History
For five years worked for George Throssell, merchant at Northam then with brothers Charles and Frederick at Katanning, business manager for Piesse and Company, merchants and millers, Katanning, later taking over the agency business as Arnold Piesse and Company and then Katanning Stock and Trading Company, chairman of directors 1912–1935
Local Government Service
Katanning Road Board chairman 11 years
Vice president Liberal League 1912
Independent 1930
Date Elected
4 November 1909
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA 4 November 1909 (by-election)–21 October 1914; 12 April 1930–21 July 1935

Historical Notes
  • Four Piesse brothers served in the Parliament of Western Australia including Arnold's brothers, Alfred, Charles and Frederick
1905 established Langweira Merino Stud
President Great Southern Pastoral and Agricultural Society
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol 1, p. 351.
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 161.
Erikson, Rica. The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume III.
West Australian, 14 April 1930, 23 July 1935.