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Members’ biographical register

Joseph Bertram Sleeman

Date: 21 June 1885
Place: Inglewood, Gladstone, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
Western Australia with parents 1895
Son of John, engine driver and miner, and Mary Harvey
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 17 September 1913, St Augustine’s Church, Leonora to Eveleen Victoria Kingsbury (born circa 1888 and died 14 March 1943), daughter of George James and Marion Lewis Webb
Children two sons and three daughters
Widowed 14 March 1943
Married (2) 14 June 1948, St John’s Church, Fremantle to Florence Mary Jane Logan (nee Armstrong), (born circa 1905), widow, daughter of John and Catherine Ann Spark

No children
Divorced 22 January 1960
Date: 6 July 1970
Place: Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia
Cemetery: Fremantle Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Victoria and Day Dawn, Western Australia
Blacksmith and union official
Employment History
Worked as cleaner, then storeman, Leonora, until 1913
Moved to metropolitan area where worked as a blacksmith (1914) then storeman and warehouseman at Robert Harpers, Fremantle
Organiser Shop Assistants Union 1920–1924
Date Elected
22 March 1924
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Joseph Sleeman
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Fremantle 22 March 1924–21 March 1959

  • Speaker 4 August 1939–31 July 1947

  • Chairman of Committees 20 July 1933–31 January 1939
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Represented WA branch Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at 3rd Area Conference, Melbourne, 1955

Father of the House April 1956–March 1959
In Albany 1919
Captain Leonora Volunteer Fire Brigade
While on goldfields prominent athlete in Volunteer fire brigades, won numerous medals at demonstrations, life member WA Volunteer Fire Brigade
Also prominent footballer
Voluntary Air Raid Precautions fireman
Supporter of Alf Hines Children’s Holiday Homes, Fremantle, and Gustaphson Dental Clinic
Life member Fremantle Trotting Club, patron South Fremantle Football Club
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, 2010, p. 181 - 182.
Dictionary of Western Australians vol. 5.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 9 April 2015.
West Australian, 7 July 1970.
Who's Who in Australia,(1959)