Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Bartholomew Cornelius* (Con) O'Brien
Birth
Date 20 April 1866 Place Ballarat West, Victoria, Australia
Parents
Son of Bartholemew, storeman, and Mary McCarthy
Marriage and Family
Married 9 December 1894, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat, Victoria to Eliza Blanche Dawson (born circa 1870), daughter of John Carr and Eliza Dinsdell
Children: three sons and one daughter
Widowed 4 October 1938
Death
Date 11 December 1938Place Court Hotel, Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Education
Educated Christian Brothers' College, Ballarat
Occupation
Publican
Employment History
Drover until arrived WA 1893
With Forrest, Emanuel and Company, Derby, 1893–1894
Prospector at Cue 1894–1895
Proprietor Great Britain Hotel, Cue, February 1895–1903
1906–38, licensee Court Hotel, Perth
Member and later president Licensed Victuallers’ Association
Enlisted Australian Imperial Force, Private in 11th Battalion 15 November 1916
Served in France
Discharged 27 July 1918
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Cue Municipal Council 1896–1897
Mayor of Cue 1897–1900
Party
Labor
Date Elected
30 January 1901
Inaugural Speech
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Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1914
Electorate
Central
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC Central Province 30 January 1901 (by-election)–30 May 1904; 13 May 1908 (elected on casting vote of returning officer)–21 May 1914
  • Contested Central Province 30 May 1904
Regarded as possibly first Labor MLC (see also JM Speed)
Background/Membership
*Cornelius on birth certificate
Member committee Cue Racing Club, steward for proprietary racing clubs
Member Football Appeals Board
Chief ranger Irish National Foresters
Member Hibernian Society
References
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol 1, p. 331–32.
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 154.
Erickson, Rica. Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914, Vol 5, The Golden Years 1889-1914.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 26.
West Australian, 20 May 1908, 13 December 1938.
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