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Members’ biographical register

William Traylen

Date: 25 February 1843
Place: Chesterton, Huntington, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA circa April 1857 on Strathmore
Son of Joseph, farmer and grazier, and Catherine Tate
Marriage and Family
Married 31 August 1870, Wesley Church, Perth to Mary Ann Garratt, daughter of Thomas
Children: seven sons and two daughters
Date: 27 December 1926
Place: East Guildford, Western Australia
Cemetery: Guildford cemetery, WA
Uniting Church
Priest, businessperson and consul
Employment History
Ordained Methodist Minister; York 1867–1870, Geraldton 1870–1873, York 1873–1878, also member Board of Education both districts
Farm in Beverley
Superintendent Wesley Church Perth 1878–1879
Helped introduce Good Templar Movement in country districts and published
Temperance Advocate and Christian Herald
Left the ministry 1879 to establish printing works in Perth
Consul for Denmark 1895
1896–1897 secretary Perth Water Company, chairman Perth Water Board 1898–1904
1910 in business as implement maker
Local Government Service
Perth City Council 1890–97, contested mayoralty 1892
Mayor of Guildford 1914–1918
Forrest Party after 1894
Date Elected
29 November 1890
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Greenough 29 November 1890–3 May 1897
  • Contested Perth 15 June 1886 (by-election), Greenough 3 May 1897
  • Chairman of Committees 30 July 1894–3 May 1897

Royal Commissions
  • Member Royal Commission on Water Supply 1885
Lectured on scientific subjects
Member Board of Management Perth Public Hospital
Keen advocate of Goldfields Water Scheme
Retired to Guildford
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. 197.
Erickson, Rica. Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914, Vol IV.
Hunt, SJ and GC Bolton. "Cleansing the Dunghill", Studies in Western Australian History, 2.
West Australian, 29 December 1926.
The Western Australia post office directory, (1895–1926)