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Members’ biographical register

Hugh Lewis Roche

Date: 5 November 1893
Place: York, Western Australia
Son of Hugh Henry Roche, engineer and farmer, and Maria Josephine Lockyer
Marriage and Family
Married 29 March 1944, St Mary's Church, West Perth to Mariane Florence Reid (born circa 1904 and died 21 October 1961), pharmaceutical chemist, daughter of William Henry Reid and Gertrude Mary McNamara
No children
Widowed 21 October 1961
Date: 15 July 1962
Place: St Joseph's Hospital, Bicton, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA
Church of England
York State School and Christian Brothers' College Perth
Employment History
Enlisted Australian Imperial Forces 11 January 1915
Served with 10th Light Horse and Australian Pay Corps; Extra Regiment Corporal from 1 September 1916, Sergeant 1 February 1917, Extra Regiment Staff Sergeant 1 September 1917, Warrant Office Class I 15 November 1918
Returned to Australia after October 1919, discharged 14 February 1920
Employed as clerk for a time living with widowed mother in Subiaco; farmed at Narlingup, Kojonup, from the mid-1920s
Local Government Service
Kojonup Road Board 10 April 1926–July 1940
Country Party
Member Central Executive Primary Producers Association
Date Elected
22 May 1940
Inaugural Speech
Roche, Hugh Lewis, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Hugh Roche
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC South-East Province (renamed South Province 1950) 22 May 1940–21 May 1960

  • Chairman Select Committee on the Negotiations for the Purchase and delivery of the ‘Landliner’ and ‘Cheetah’ omnibuses 1947–1948
  • Member Select Committee on Standardisation of Railway Gauge Kalgoorlie to Fremantle 1945–1946
  • Member Joint Select Committee inquiring into the Licensing Act 1957–1958
Member WA Club and Commercial Travellers’ Association
Member State Executive Returned Soldiers and Sailors Imperial League of Australia
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. 227.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 31 March 2015.