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Members’ biographical register

Herbert Edward Wells

Date: 9 October 1872
Place: Durham Lead, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 1895
Son of James Wells, miner, and Mary Murray
Marriage and Family
Married 18 April 1900, Wesley Church, Coolgardie to Philippa Mary Catherine Bayley (born circa 1879 and died 16 July 1973), daughter of John Bayley and Emily Wedge
Children: three sons and one daughter
Date: 9 November 1960
Place: South Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA
Employment History
Worked at Fremantle, in the Murchison mines and at Coolgardie before opening a boot shop at Mt Leonora
To Collie 1899 as bootmaker and boot salesman
By 1907 in business as auctioneer and agent
Enlisted Australian Imperial Force February 1916

Served in 63rd and 44th Battalion—Lieutenant from 7 March 1916 and Hon Captain from 1 July 1917
Discharged 29 October 1918
Opened auctioneering business in Perth
Local Government Service
Collie Road Board 23 April 1900–January 1902, and from October 1904 (chairman by January 1906)
Collie Municipal Council 1 August 1901–January 1908
Mayor of Collie November 1908–September 1909, November 1911–November 1913
Had previously contested Mayoralty of Collie 1904 and 1905 (lost by four votes)
Nationalist unendorsed in 1939, Independent 1941
Date Elected
12 April 1930
Inaugural Speech
Wells, Herbert Edward, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Herbert Wells
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Canning 12 April 1930–8 April 1933
  • Contested Collie 21 October 1914, Canning 26 March 1927, 8 April 1933, 15 February 1936, East Perth 18 March 1939, Metropolitan Province 1 November 1941 (by-election)

  • Member Joint House Committee 1932–1933
President Victoria Park sub-branch RSL 1926–1929 and member State Executive 1930
Justice of the Peace
Member Wellington Licensing Bench
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. 275.
West Australian, 14 April 1930.