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Members’ biographical register

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Peter Ernest Cowan


Birth
Date: 3 January 1882
Place: Wallaroo, South Australia, Australia
Arrival in WA
1894 to Western Australia, arrived Esperance
Parents
Son of Robert, farmer, and Christina McMartin
Marriage and Family
Married 31 October 1914, St Marys Church, Kalgoorlie (Catholic) to Lilly Mary Prisk (born circa 1894 and died circa October 1975), daughter of John and Annie Cogar
Children: five sons and four daughters
Death
Date: 7 May 1955
Place: Wooroloo Sanatorium, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Prospector and barman
Employment History
Spent most of his life prospecting on north-eastern goldfields, Western Australia
Labourer on Gwalia woodline 1918
1919–1920 timber-cutter
1922–1925 labourer
1928 barman
1934–1937 labourer at Lake Darlot
1939 cyanide solutionist at Victory battery, Leonora
1946 shop assistant
House
MLA
Party
Labor
Date Elected
7 November 1928
Inaugural Speech
Cowan, Peter Ernest, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Year Retired/Resigned
1930
Electorate
Mount Leonora
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Mt Leonora, 7 November 1928 (by-election)–12 April 1930
  • Contested Mt Magnet 26 March 1930, North East Province 29 April 1944 (Independent Labor)
Background/Membership
After 1919 settled at Leonora
Suffered from silicosis in later life
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, 2001, p. 55.