Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
William Francis Telfer
Birth
Date 21 August 1885 Place Gawler, South Australia
Arrival in WA
Arrived in the eastern wheatbelt with his father in 1910
Parents
Son of George Wright Telfer, gardener, storekeeper and farmer, and Ruth Penna
Marriage and Family
Married 17 March 1913, Lake St Chapel, Perth (Church of Christ) to Ethel May Wisher, daughter of Frederick Wisher and Maria Henrietta Stewart
Children: three sons and one daughter
Widowed 15 August 1944
Death
Date 25 August 1955Place St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery Merredin Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Methodist
Education
State schools in South Australia and Western Australia
Occupation
Storekeeper and farmer
Employment History
Opened store in town, Telfer stores and agency
Also took up wheat farming
Retired after 1947
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Merredin Road Board 1936–1955; chairman from 1938
Member executive Road Board Association 1943–1950
Party
Labor
Date Elected
20 November 1943
Inaugural Speech
-Telfer, William Francis, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1947
Electorate
Avon
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Avon* 20 November 1943–15 March 1947
  • New election ordered by Court of Disputed Returns 24 May 1944, re-elected 1 July 1944
  • Contested Avon 15 March 1947
Background/Membership
Member Commercial Travellers’ Association, Merredin and Kellerberrin Clubs
Secretary Merredin Agricultural Society for many years
References
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. 250–251.
Who's Who Australia (1947, 50)
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