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Members’ biographical register

Malcolm Fraser

Principal Honours
CMG (1881); KCMG (1897)
Date: 1834
Place: Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
1870 to WA
Son of William
Marriage and Family
Married 3 October 1861, St James’ Church, Lower Hutt, New Zealand to Elizabeth Riddiford (born circa 1841 and died 20 December 1896), daughter of Daniel and Amelia
Children: three sons and two daughters
Date: 17 August 1900
Place: Clifton, England, United Kingdom
Church of England
Employment History
Surveyor in Auckland, New Zealand 1857-1859
District surveyor Native Land Purchase Department 1859–1863
District surveyor Canterbury West Gold Fields 1863–1867
Chief Surveyor Westland 1867–1869
Re-organised Survey Department
First Agent-General for WA in London April 1892–1898
Date Elected
18 December 1870
Inaugural Speech
Fraser, Malcolm, Address-in-Reply, 1872.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Malcolm Fraser
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • Nominated MLC 18 December 1870–18 June 1886, 9 June 1887–21 October 1890

  • Surveyor-General 19 December 1870–5 January 1883
  • Colonial Secretary 5 January 1883–28 December 1890
  • Administrator of Western Australia 21 December 1889–19 October 1890
Won repute as naturalist
1874 represented WA at International Conference on Cable Duplication

1883 at Australasian Convention, Sydney
1886 at Colonial and Imperial Exhibition, London
1888 at Intercolonial Conference, Sydney
Retired to London 1890
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, 2001, p.
FK Crowley, Forrest 1847-1918: Vol I, 1847-91, St Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 1971.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume II, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
Who Was Who, (1897–1915)
Further Information
F. K. Crowley, 'Fraser, Sir Malcolm (1834–1900)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1972, accessed online 21 December 2015.