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Members’ biographical register

Archibald Gilchrist

Date: 1878
Place: Hotham, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
Son of Reverend Archibald, Presbyterian Minister, and Hadassah Kendall
Marriage and Family
Married 16 May 1911, Congregational Church Cottesloe, to Ethel Martha Potts (born circa 1885), daughter of Reverend George, Congregation Minister, and Ada Elizabeth Paterson
Children: one son and two daughters
Date: 10 March 1955
Place: Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney High School
Editor and businessperson
Employment History
Entered Public Library of New South Wales (eight years on cataloguing staff)
Edited suburban weekly in Sydney
1902 on Presbyterian home mission work in Victoria
Pastor at Carnarvon Congregation and Presbyterian churches but did not apply for ordination

1910 manager later proprietor Carnarvon Northern Times
Enlisted 1st Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) 9 December 1915

Private served in Australian Army Medical Corps with Base Medical Stores, Heliopolis, Egypt
Discharged medically unfit
With Young Mens Christian Association as secretary
Administered study and recreation staff, Harefield Hospital, England
Left AIF 9 December 1916 and returned to Carnarvon 1917
Sunraysia Daily, Mildura
1934–1938 owner radio station 3TR, Gippsland
1939–1945 lecturer on Australia in USA for Rotary International
Occupation given as organiser at time of death
Date Elected
4 November 1914
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Archibald Gilchrist
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Gascoyne 4 November 1914–29 September 1917
  • Contested Gascoyne 16 October 1917
1913 toured North West Australia under auspices of Liberal League in opposition to Commonwealth referendum
Secretary of New Settlers’ League and Big Brother Movement

On electoral roll until 1921 went to Victoria
1928 organised and led Scottish migration delegation

Wrote numerous articles and books including:
  • 'Eureka Stockade: a page from Australian history', Southern Cross, March 1900, p. 586–91.
  • Sir Henry Parkes: ‘The father of Australian federation’, ibid, May 1900, p. 641–647.
  • Gippsland for Tourists(Melbourne 1936)
  • John Dunmore Lang: chiefly autobiographical 1799–1878, (2 vols) (Melbourne 1951) 'Skypiloting in the Nor-West of Western Australia', in British Missionary, July and October 1910.
  • Unpublished Memoirs of Dr Archibald Gilchrist by his son, Archibald Gilchrist, 1862–1940, Mitchell Library, Sydney
Battye (NW) p. 278–79.
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. 79.
Information from Dr G. Serle.
Northern Times, 15 September 1917.
West Australian, 18 February 1928.