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Members’ biographical register

Alexander McAllister Clydesdale

Principal Honours
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Date: 16 July 1875
Place: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
Son of James Robert, plumber, and Kate Glenn
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 13 January 1902, All Souls Church, Mt Magnet to May Smith (born circa 1873), daughter of John Charles and Mary Anne William
Children: two sons and one daughter
Widowed 18 July 1927
Married (2) 31 December 1942, South Perth to Lilian Knights (born circa 1905), daughter of John and Elizabeth Thornham
Date: 24 January 1947
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Ballarat High School, Victoria
Plumber and businessperson
Employment History
Articled as architect
1889-1893 apprenticed to plumbing trade
Goldmining Murchison district
Plumbing at Cue and Mt Magnet
Later bicycle agent business at Mt Magnet
Close connection with racing, took over Kensington unregistered course, purchased Bicton, took over Goodwood
Local Government Service
Mt Magnet Municipal Council August 1899–November 1900
Mayor (Chairman until 1901)
Youngest Mayor in Australia
South Perth Municipal Council member, November 1913–1921 Mayor
Date Elected
22 May 1932
Inaugural Speech
Clydesdale, Alexander McAllister, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Alexander Clydesdale
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Canning, 12 March 1921–12 April 1930
  • MLC Metropolitan–Suburban Province 22 May 1932–21 May 1938
  • Contested Mt Magnet 24 April 1901 (Ministerialist), Canning 26 March 1930, Metropolitan–Suburban Province 7 May 1938
1894 arrived WA
To Perth 1903
Secretary Goodwood and Canning Park race clubs, largely responsible for Act controlling racing
1931 Chairman of Advisory Board on lotteries
1933–34 Chairman of Lotteries Commission (resigned December 1934 after lawsuit seeking to prove this office one of profit under the Crown, and incompatible with parliamentary seat)
Member of Lotteries Commission 16 May 1939–24 January 1947
Honorary treasurer Perth Children’s Hospital
Deputy Chairman Soldiers’ Dependants’ Appeal
Received MBE for services during World War I
Founder and President Ugly Men's Association
Member War Funds Council in World War II, also Deputy Chairman Soldiers’ Dependant’s Appeal
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. 48.
Twentieth Century Impressions, 681.
West Australian 14 March 1921, 24 March 1924, 25 January 1947.