Skip to main content
    • The Legislative Assembly meets on 06/08/2019 (02:00 PM)
      Legislative AssemblySitting Today (02:00 PM)
    • The Legislative Council meets on 06/08/2019 (02:00 PM)
      Legislative CouncilSitting Today (02:00 PM)
    • Select Committee into alternate approaches to reducing illicit drug use and its effects on the community meet on 05/08/2019 (02:45 PM)
      Select Committee into alternate approaches to reducing illicit drug use and its effects on the communitySitting Today (02:45 PM)

Members’ biographical register

William Silas Pearse

Date: 21 May 1838
Place: Fremantle, Western Australia
Son of William Silas, butcher/merchant/land proprietor, and Susannah Glyde
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 23 April 1862, Fremantle to Johannah (Anna) Hawkes (born 1842), daughter of John and Mary Ann
Children: one daughter
Widowed 6 February 1891
Married (2) 3 May 1893, Johnston Memorial Church, Fremantle to Alice Higham (nee Glyde), born 1852, widow of Edward Higham (to whom she was married from 1880 until his death in 1885), daughter of George and Alice Draper
No children

Father-in-law of George Yorke Hubble
Date: 30 December 1908
Place: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Educated private schools, Perth and Fremantle
Butcher and businessperson
Employment History
Butcher and tanner at Fremantle in partnership with brother George
Shipowner and merchant, importing goods, trading as WS and G Pearse
Founder of Meka station at Murchison in 1874 and shareholder in Kimberley stations Oobagooma and Liveringa Stations 1881
Local Government Service
Fremantle Town Trust 1866, 1868–1871
Fremantle Municipal Council 1871–1874, chairman 1868–1872
Date Elected
5 December 1890
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by William Pearse
Year Retired/Resigned
North Fremantle
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Fremantle 27 June 1872–10 February 1880, 21 October 1884–21 October 1890
  • MLA North Fremantle 5 December 1890–May 1895 (resigned)
  • Member Select Committee Fremantle Harbour 1892
1875 president Fremantle Building Society
Treasurer and president Fremantle Mechanics’ Institute 1866
Retired to Bristol, England
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. 159.
Further Information
The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians pre 1829-1888, vol 3.
G. C. Bolton, 'Pearse, William Silas (1838–1908)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1974, accessed online 11 January 2016.
Burke. Genealogical and Heraldic History of Colonial Gentry, Vol. 2, p. 194.
Ewers, JK. Western Gateway: 100 years of Local Government in Fremantle, Western Australia, p. 103–104.
West Australian Bulletin, 14 March 1888.