Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Edmund Ralph Brockman
Birth
Date Circa 1829 Place England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived in Western Australia on the Minstrel, 20 January 1830
Parents
Son of William Locke Brockman, farmer and grazier, and Frances Elizabeth Hamersley
Brother of Henry Brockman and William Locke Brockman
Marriage and Family
Married 18 March 1852, Middle Swan Church, to Elizabeth Deborah Slade (born circa 1837 and died 16 April 1915), daughter of Lieutenant Frederick William, Royal Navy (later Resident Magistrate, Toodyay) and Janet Thomson
Children: two sons and four daughters
Death
Date 17 September 1908Place Guildford, Western Australia
Cemetery Middle Swan Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated privately at home (Herne Hill property) and later at Reverend William Mitchell’s School, Middle Swan
Occupation
Farmer
Employment History
1847 managing Seabrook, property purchased by father in 1841
1872 after father’s death moved to Herne Hill, purchased adjoining Henley Park, also bred horses at Lyndhurst near Dandaragan
After sale of Henley Park in 1897 farmed Kenwick, a property near Cannington, then retired to Balmain, a smaller property
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Chairman Swan Road Board January 1875–December 1877, 1879–December 1883
Party
National
Date Elected
8 January 1878
Inaugural Speech
-Brockman, Edmund Ralph, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1891
Electorate
Swan
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC Swan 8 January 1878 (by-election)–13 February 1880
  • Nominated MLC 10 June 1887–7 March 1889, 24 December 1890–9 December 1891 (resigned)
  • Contested Swan 13 February 1880
Royal Commissions
  • Member Royal Commission on Agriculture 1887–1891
Background/Membership
1877–1878, 1880–1882 president Royal Agricultural Society
Prominent in Mechanics Institute and Northam Farmers’ Club
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, 2010, p. 37.
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