Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
John Maxwell Ferguson
Birth
Date 28 April 1841 Place Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To Western Australia with family 1842 on Trusty
Parents
John, Colonial Surgeon, and Isabella Maxwell
Uncle of Percy Douglas Ferguson
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 6 September 1871, St John’s Church, Fremantle, (Church of England) to Susan Margaret Finnerty (born circa 1852), daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Matthews
Children: six sons and four daughters
Widowed 15 February 1889
Married (2) 2 April 1891, Presbyterian Church, Perth to Grace Ogilvie Fergusson (born 1859), daughter of Donald and Catherine Balfour
Children: one son and three daughters
Widowed 20 October 1919
Death
Date 2 August 1924Place Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Presbyterian
Education
Hale School, Western Australia and Dundee High School
Occupation
Seaman, businessperson and consul
Employment History
Joined merchant navy and became captain
1867 returned to Fremantle, took command of China trader
Retired from sea and established firm of Ferguson and Mumme
Leased Swan Brewery, opened ice works
Still part owner of ships
Merchant, 1889 founded business as hardware and timber merchant, interests in mills in Cookernup, Yarloop and Wooroloo, also established large saw mills in Perth

Consul for Sweden and Norway 1894–1899
House
MLA
Party
Liberal
Date Elected
22 August 1903
Inaugural Speech
-No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
Speeches
Search for speeches by John Ferguson
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1904
Electorate
North Fremantle
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA North Fremantle 22 August 1903 (by-election)–28 June 1904
  • Contested North Fremantle 28 June 1904
Background/Membership
Ferguson's home subsequently formed nucleus of Scotch College
References
David Black, and Geoffrey Bolton, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia volume one 1870-1930 (rev.ed.). Perth: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, 2001, p. 72-73.
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