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Members’ biographical register

Alexander McCallum

Date: 28 October 1877
Place: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Arrival in WA
1898 left for Perth
Son of Hugh, labourer, and Margaret McPhee
Marriage and Family
Married 1 January 1902, Fremantle (Baptist) to Elizabeth (Bessie) Ferres, (born circa May 1876 and died 23 September 1949), daughter of John Middleton and Caroline Mary Regener
Children: one son
Date: 12 July 1937
Place: Fremantle, Western Australia
Cemetery: Fremantle Cemetery, Western Australia
Bookbinder and farmer
Employment History
Apprenticed to a bookbinder at age 14 years
1898 left for Perth where worked in Government Printing Office, member Bookbinders and Paper Rulers’ Industrial Union
By 1905 president Coastal Trades and Labour Council
1914 general secretary Australian Labor Party in Western Australia
Director of
Westralian Worker
Treasurer from 1914 of Workers’ Education Association
On State War Council
Had farm at Muntadgin
Part-owner of Captain Stirling Hotel
Chairman of commissioners Agricultural Bank 1935–1937
Secretary of South Fremantle branch 1905 and Metropolitan Council 1920 of the Australian Labor Party (ALP)
Member ALP Federal Executive 1915–1923
Date Elected
12 March 1921
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Alexander McCallum
Year Retired/Resigned
South Fremantle
Parliamentary Service

  • MLA South Fremantle 12 March 1921–16 March 1935 (resigned)
  • Contested South Fremantle 27 October 1905, Yilgarn, 29 September 1917

  • Minister for Works, Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage, Labour and Trading Concerns 17 April 1924–23 April 1930; for Public Works, Labour and Water Supplies 2 April 1933–16 March 1935
  • Deputy Leader Labor Party 1930-35

  • Contested Perth (House of Representatives) 31 May 1913, 5 September 1914
Initiated construction of Canning Dam and reclamation of Swan River foreshore
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 127.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 19 February 2015.
Further Information
Wendy Birman, 'McCallum, Alexander (Alick) (1877–1937)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 23 December 2015.
Erickson, Rica. Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914, Vol 5, The Golden Years 1889-1914.
Information from FJS Wise.
West Australian, 13 July 1937, 20 April 1935.
Westralian Worker, 19 July 1937.