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Members’ biographical register

Frederick Charles Burleigh Vosper

Date: 23 March 1867
Place: St Dominic, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To WA 1892
Son of Charles Walker, civil engineer and Emma Lane
Marriage and Family
Married 11 November 1897, St John’s Church, Perth (Church of England) to Venetia Ann Nicholson (nee Finn), widow, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth King
No children
Date: 6 January 1901
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA. Roman Catholic (at death)
Educated Truro, Cornwall, England
Employment History
1885 in British Navy
Worked as timber miller, drover, miner, journalist
Joined staff of
Eidsvold Reporter, mining correspondent for Maryborough Chronicle and Colonist, sub-editor of Northern Miner
1891 editor
Australian Republican, imprisoned for inciting strikes among miners
To WA 1892, edited
Murchison Miner
1894 founded
Miners' Right later Coolgardie Miner
Also briefly edited
Geraldton Express
1897 founded
Sunday Times (Perth)
Date Elected
4 May 1897
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Frederick Vosper
Year Retired/Resigned
North-East Coolgardie
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA North-East Coolgardie 4 May 1897–6 January 1901
Emigrated to Bolivia at age 15 years
1886 arrived Queensland
  • The Prospector’s Companion: A Guide to Simple Mineral Analysis (Perth, 1894)
  • A Social Armistice(pamphlet)
  • Legalised Robbery(pamphlet)
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. 199.
Further Information
Bastin, J "FCB Vosper, an Australian Radical" (unpublished paper, Kuala Lumpur)
Erickson, Rica. Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914, Vol 5, The Golden Years 1889-1914 .
Jaggard, E. "Bread and democracy: FCB Vosper in the roaring nineties." Westerly, 1977, No. 4, p. 28–43.
Jaggard, E. "FCB Vosper the agitator" in Ed. L Hunt. Westralian Portraits, p. 104–111.
E. Jaggard, 'Vosper, Frederick Charles Burleigh (1869–1901)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1990, accessed online 12 January 2016.
Kimberly, WB. History of West Australia. A Narrative of her Past, together with biographies of her leading men, p. 181–82.
Raeside J. Golden Days.