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Members’ biographical register

Charles Prangle Wansbrough

Date: 6 October 1875
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Son of Joseph, carpenter and wheelwright, and Matilda Styring Massingham
Brother of Arthur William Wansbrough, railway worker and politician
Marriage and Family
Married 7 April 1904, St Hilary’s Church, Beverley to Ada Adelaide Longhurst (born circa 1872 and died circa July 1949), daughter of John and Sarah Challenger
Children: two sons and two daughters
Date: 12 May 1939
Place: Beverley, Western Australia
Cemetery: Beverley Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Educated Beverley and York State Schools
Railway worker, miner and farmer
Employment History
Farmed with uncle at Kellerberrin for six years
Joined gold rushes to Eastern Goldfields, nearly perished after discovering gold at Mt Ida
In Western Australian Government Railways as guard for four years
1898 took up land at Bally Bally with his two brothers, later becoming sole proprietor
Local Government Service
Beverley Road Board 1906–1915, 1919–1923, chairman 1909–1910
Country Party
Date Elected
21 October 1914
Inaugural Speech
Wansbrough, Charles Prangle, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Beverley 21 October 1914–29 September 1917, 22 March 1924–12 April 1930
  • Contested Beverley 26 March 1930, 8 April 1933
Active in Farmers' Co-operative Movement, director of Westralian Farmers Ltd
Member Beverley Agricultural Society and Farmers' and Settlers' Association
Director Mt Kokeby Farmers’ Grain Shed Association
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol 2, p. 637.
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 202.
Beverley Times, 19 May 1939.
Henn, PU. Genealogical notes on the main Western Australian pioneer families.
West Australian, 24 October 1914.