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Members’ biographical register

Francis Edward Sykes Willmott

Date: 1870
Place: Kirkley, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 1886
Son of Reverend Henry, rector, and Anne Maria Sykes, and brother-in-law of Edmund Vernon Brockman
Marriage and Family
Married 8 April 1896, Busselton to Frances Edith Brockman (born 23 July 1865 and died circa February 1946), daughter of Edward Reveley and Capel Carter Bussell
Children: three sons, including
Francis Drake Willmott, farmer and politician, and one daughter
Date: 29 January 1941
Place: Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery: Bridgetown cemetery, WA
Church of England
Educated St John’s College, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, England 1883-1887 (prefect)
Employment History
Two years on ER Brockman's property in South West
Then stockman, drover and prospector in Gascoyne and Eastern Goldfields district
1896 worked on Coolgardie Water Scheme
Government supervisor of tanks at Niagara and Mulline
Supervised making of Widgiemooltha–Esperance road
1902–1914 Government forest ranger South West district
Bought Applewood, near Bridgetown, grazier and orchardist
Country Party
Date Elected
21 October 1914
Inaugural Speech
Willmott, Francis Edward Sykes, Address-in-Reply, 1915.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Francis Willmott
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Nelson 21 October 1914–12 March 1921
  • MLC South-West Province 11 May 1921 (by-election)–21 May 1926
  • Contested Nelson 12 March 1921, South West Province 8 May 1926

  • Leader of the Country Party March 1915–31 July 1919
  • Minister without portfolio 28 June 1917–13 April 1921
Baptised 21 August 1870
Rejected for army
President Fruitgrowers’ Association and director South West Co-operative Dairy Farmers' Ltd
Farmers' and Settlers' Association executive member
Retired to Busselton in 1938
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. 205.
Further Information
Betty Carter, 'Willmott, Francis Edward Sykes (1870–1941)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1990, accessed online 12 January 2016.
Colless, VH. Men of Western Australia, p. 6.
Dictionary of Western Australians, 1829-1914. Volume 4. Part 2, L-Z. The challenging years, 1868-1888.
West Australian, 30 January 1941.