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Members’ biographical register

Frederick Thomas Crowder

Date: 21 January 1856
Place: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
William Nathaniel, aerated waters manufacturer, and Emily Hayward
Marriage and Family
Married 17 March 1877, St Luke's Church, Adelaide, South Australia to Annie Imelda Fitzpatrick (born circa 1855), daughter of George
Children: one daughter
Widowed 21 January 1886
Married 9 May 1886, St George’s Cathedral, Perth to Mary Ann Linto (born circa May 1862), daughter of William and Mary Neddan
Children: one son and one daughter
Date: 2 May 1902
Place: Cottesloe, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
Employment History
Worked in father’s firm
1878 established aerated waters business at Fremantle, soon become colony’s leading manufacturer of aerated waters
Firm later known as Crowder & Letchford, survived 100 years
1884 purchased part-ownership in Fremantle Herald which in 1886 was merged with Perth Daily News and Morning Herald
Became a director of its publishers, Stirling Brothers and Company Limited, chairman 1900–1902
By 1895 member Perth Stock Exchange, speculating in the Coolgardie gold-mining boom
Many years chairman Perth Gas Company
Local Government Service
Perth City Council 1885–1891
Date Elected
16 July 1894
Inaugural Speech
Crowder, Frederick Thomas, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Frederick Crowder
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC South East Province 16 July 1894–May 1900
  • East Province 30 October 1901 (by-election)–2 May 1902
  • Contested South East Province 14 May 1900

  • Delegate Australasian Federal Convention, 1897–1898
Implacable critic of CY O’Connor and Coolgardie water pipeline scheme
Consistent opponent of federation but served as a delegate to the 1897–1898 sessions of the Australasian Federal Convention
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. 56.
Further Information
G. C. Bolton, 'Crowder, Frederick Thomas (1856–1902)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 17 December 2015.