Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
James William Wright
Birth
Date 9 October 1854 Place Chiswick, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To WA December 1881
Parents
Son of James William, bricklayer, and Elizabeth Jane Kensett
Marriage and Family
Married 21 May, 1884, St Paul's Church, Adelaide, South Australia to Ada Phyllis Louise Light (born circa 1855 and died 5 June 1942), daughter of George Thomas and Marian Light Wilson
Children: one son and one daughter
Death
Date 3 October 1917Place Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated King’s College, London
Articled architect and civil engineer
Occupation
Architect and engineer
Employment History
To South Australia 1876 as Assistant Engineer in Chief's Department
1878–1881 in private practice
Contracted to build second section of railway from Guildford to Chidlow Wells, WA
1884–1917 in private practice in Perth as architect and civil engineer, later in partnership with TWL Powell and AD Cameron
House
MLC
Date Elected
22 May 1902
Inaugural Speech
-Wright, James William, Address-in-Reply.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1908
Electorate
Metropolitan
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC Metropolitan Province 22 May 1902–21 May 1908
Background/Membership
In South Australia in 1884
Founder WA Architects’ Association
Member Board of Health for 14 years
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, 2010, p. 211.
Dictionary of Western Australians, 1829-1914. Volume 4. Part 2, L-Z. The challenging years, 1868-1888.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 29 April 2015. http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php?id=KB00069203
West Australian, 13 May 1902, 6 October 1917.
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