Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
John Richard Arthur Conolly
Birth
Date 22 July 1870 Place Westmeath, Ireland
Arrival in WA
To Australia 1884
To Western Australia 1893
Marriage and Family
Married probably in South Africa
No children
Death
Date 1 March 1945Place
Cemetery Braamfontein Crematorium, Johannesburg, South AfricaCause of Death
Religion
Not stated
Education
Ran away from school
Occupation
Farmer
Employment History
Cattle droving and stockman, Queensland
Opal mining North Queensland
Prospecting and gold mining Coolgardie
Opened up farming on islands at Esperance

1900 absent from Western Australian Parliament on military service in South Africa by leave
Served in 2nd Australian Contingent during Boer War, rose to rank of Sergeant
Discharged in South Africa 29 March 1901

Subsequently apparently farmed in Barberton area, Transvaal
House
MLA
Date Elected
7 May 1897
Inaugural Speech
-Conolly, John Richard Arthur, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1901
Electorate
Dundas
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Dundas 7 May 1897–26 April 1901
Background/Membership
After his election fought for the development of Esperance as a port for the goldfields
Retired to Craighall Park, Johannesburg
Member of Weld 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, WA, 2001, p. 51.
Burke’s Peerage, (1959) Longford
Burke’s Landed Gentry in Ireland, (1912)
Connolly of Castletown
Department of Home Affairs, Republic of South Africa
Information Sir Connolly Abel Smith (nephew)
Kimberly, p. 157–158.
Further Information
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