Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Frederick James Withers
Birth
Date 11 April 1881 Place Bunbury, Western Australia
Parents
Son of Edward Henry, carrier and farmer, and Esther Blythe and father of Reginald Greive, Senator for WA 1966 and 1968–1987
Marriage and Family
Married 30 September 1908, St John's Church, Cue to Isabel Louise Grieve (born circa 1888 and died circa September 1975), daughter of James Anselm and Mary Florence O'Neil
Children: two sons and five daughters
Death
Date 20 May 1963Place Bunbury, Western Australia
Cemetery Bunbury Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated State School, Bunbury
Occupation
Firefighter, engine driver, real estate agent and auctioneer
Employment History
Fireman and then engine driver with Western Australian Government Railways until 1924 when resigned to enter Parliament
1947 land agent and auctioneer Bunbury, retired 1954
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Mayor of Bunbury 1951–1955
Party
Labor
Date Elected
22 March 1924
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1947
Electorate
Bunbury
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Bunbury 22 April 1924–15 March 1947
  • Contested Bunbury 12 March 1921, South West Province 6 May 1950

Office
  • Deputy Chairman Parliamentary Labor Party for 20 years, secretary 1944–1947

Committees
  • Deputy Chairman of Committees 1933–1947
Background/Membership
Many years official of Engine Drivers’ Union, president Geraldton branch 1902–1914
Justice of the Peace
Actively engaged with charitable organisations
30 years chairman Child Welfare Association
Member St John Ambulance and Bunbury Hospital Committee
Freemason
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. 209.
West Australian, 5 March 1924.
Who's Who Australia, (1947, 1950, 1955)
Further Information
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