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Members’ biographical register

Clayton Turner Mason

Principal Honours
Companion of the Imperial Service Order, 1911
Date: 25 May 1847
Place: Torrington, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To WA October 1877
Son of Charles Adam, estate agent, and Anne Edwards
Marriage and Family
Married 10 June 1879, Christ Church, Geraldton to Julia Scott (born 3 February 1848 and died 10 November 1920), daughter of Daniel and Frances Okey Davis
Children: three sons and four daughters
Date: 4 October 1911
Place: Cottesloe, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA
Educated King Edward’s School, Rickmansworth and Hampton private schools
Employment History
Articled to Thomas Waring with engineering firm, Cardiff
Practised UK and USA (from 1870), travelled to Fiji
To NSW 1874, with Railway branch, Public Works Department
Resident engineer on Geraldton-Northampton railway, then from 1878 on Eastern railway
Provisional Commissioner of Railways 1882 and (from 1883) Director of Public Works
General Manager and Maintenance Engineer WA Railways from June 1885, later Commissioner of Railways again
From 1891 Deputy Collector of Customs
Date Elected
18 July 1884
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • Nominated MLC 18 July 1884–11 July 1885

  • Member Executive Council 1883–1885 and 1890
Admitted to Institute of Civil Engineers 1864
Justice of the Peace, 1882
Retired March 1911 through ill-health, had visited England 1909-1910 for treatment
Member Metropolitan Volunteers, prominent rifleman, won sixth prize from 6000 competitors in 1868
Member Western Australian Turf Club
Freemason (Past Senior Grand Warden of Grand Lodge)
Twice saved lives from drowning
JS Battye, ed, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Hussey and Gillingham, Adelaide, 1912-1913, vol. I, p. 412–413.
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. 18.
R Erickson, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume III.
West Australian, 5 October 1911.