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Members’ biographical register

Mr John Herbert Church

Date: 8 April 1859
Place: Healford, Braintree, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Came to Western Australia 4 February 1883 on the West Australian
Son of John Church, tailor/journeyman and auctioneer, and Elizabeth Underwood
Marriage and Family
Married 6 May 1901, Holy Trinity Church, Roebourne to Blanche Eveline Single (circa 1873–June 1945), daughter of Charles Walker and Julia Fraser
Children: one daughter
Date: 7 August 1937
Place: West Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Farmer, miner, pearler and businessperson
Employment History
Dealer in Perth 1884–1889
Jackaroo, Chiratta Station in North West then Hamersley Station
Several years pearling and mining
Bought Woodbrook Station 1898 Roebourne, from Samuel Burges, later in partnership with Henry Gillam
Also Mt Florence Station 1902 and Harding River Station 1923
Took active part in managing of stations
Chairman of directors Pastoral Labour Bureau
Director FA Meat Export Company
Local Government Service
Tableland Road Board 15 March 1906–June 1907, 28 March 1908–circa April 1914
Date Elected
6 February 1932
Inaugural Speech
Church, John Herbert, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by John Church
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Roebourne 6 February 1932 (by-election)–8 April 1933
  • Contested Roebourne 8 April 1933
Travelled extensively
Lived in Perth for many years
30 years with Pastoralists’ Association as president and vice president —honorary treasure at time of death
Member committee Western Australian Turf Club, for a time vice chairman
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 45-46.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 1 December 2014
West Australian, 7 February 1932.
West Australian, 9 August 1937.