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Members’ biographical register

Stephen Edward Ingram Johnson

Principal Honours
Coronation Medal
Date: 17 February 1909
Place: Chapel-en-le-Firth, Bamford, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Sailed from England in RMS Osterley, 14 February 1912, arrived Fremantle April 1912
Son of Stephen Henry Johnson, schoolteacher, farmer and secretary of the Farmers Settlers Association, and Barbara Foster-Barham
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 4 December 1937, St Mary’s Church, South Perth to Winifred Mabel McNaughton, daughter of Alfred William McNaughton and Edith Isabel Booth
Children: two sons and two daughters

Widowed 3 April 1975
Married (2) 14 February 1976, District Registry Office, Perth to Edna Pockrass (nee Aisbett, died 6 April 2008), daughter of Thomas Edward Aisbett and Alice Myrtle Yates
Date: 27 January 2002
Place: Lived at Warwick at the time of his death. Chrystal Halliday Nursing Home, Karrinyup, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Educated Scotsdale, James St, Subiaco and Rosalie State Schools, High (later Hale) School until 1923, matriculated 1975
In later life enrolled student at the University of Western Australia
Bank officer
Employment History
Temporary jobs in chemist shop, print office, on farms
Bank officer with Bank of Australasia in Gnowangerup, Kulin and metropolitan area 9 October 1924–1952
Enlisted Australian Imperial Force 14 January 1941; served in 44th Battalion and 35 Australian Infantry Training Battalion—training and administration units in Western Australia and New South Wales (NSW)
Private and Corporal, promoted Lieutenant 28 October 1941; discharged 10 July 1946
Joined Australian Labor Party 1944, secretary of local branch, delegate to Metropolitan Council and member executive
Member State Executive
Date Elected
9 February 1952
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Stephen Johnson
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service

  • MLA Leederville 9 February 1952 (by election)–21 March 1959
  • Contested Leederville 21 March 1959

  • Secretary Parliamentary Labor Party 1953–1959
  • Member Library Committee 1953–1959
  • Chairman Select Committee on a Five Day Working Week for Banks in WA 1956

  • Contested Swan (House of Representatives) 9 December 1961
Executive member Bank Employees Union
President Australian Legion Ex-Servicemen and Women (WA)
Treasurer Kindergarten Union
Wrote frequently to the press on political issues
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. 136.
NF Dufty, Federation—Sweet and Sour. A History of the ABEU 1921–1981, Perth, 1987
Papers held at Battye Library MN982 and 2980A.
Sunday Times, January 2002.
Unions and Politics: The Five Day Week Campaign for Western Australian Bankers, Perth, Department of Industrial Relations, University of WA, 1985.
Transcript of interview with Bill Bunbury, (Battye Library)
West Australian, 28 and 31 January 2002.