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Members’ biographical register

Richard Speight

Date: 2 December 1838
Place: Selby, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Son of Richard, railway official, and Ann Bray
Marriage and Family
Married 1 May 1860, Parish Church, St Alkmund, Derby, England to Sarah Knight (born circa 1839), daughter of John
Children: five sons and seven daughters
Date: 19 September 1901
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Railway manager
Employment History
Employed by Midland Railway Company 1849–1883
Attached to general manager's office 1858, assistant general manager 1877–1883
Chairman three person Board of Railway Commissioners, Victoria 1884
With other Commissioners suspended for extravagance and resigned 1892 after Victoria Legislative Assembly requested removal

Entered business in Melbourne
To WA 1898 (or 1896), invested in gold mines, involved in arbitration cases and railway inquiry boards, managing director Jarrahdale Jarrah Forests and Railways Company (timber transport)
Opposed Forrest Party
Date Elected
24 April 1901
Inaugural Speech
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Year Retired/Resigned
North Perth
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA North Perth 24 April 1901–19 September 1901
Arrived in Victoria 1884
Instituted libel suits against David Syme of Melbourne Age 1893–1894 but unsuccessful
Member Athanaeum Club, Melbourne
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. 185.
Further Information
Argus, 11 February 1884.
Morning Herald (Perth) 20, 23 September 1901.
Table Talk 2 October 1891;
Twentieth Century Impressions of Western Australia. Anon. P.H.W. Thiel: Perth, 1901, p. 36
Michael Venn, 'Speight, Richard (1838–1901)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1976, accessed online 11 January 2016.
West Australian, 20 September 1901.