Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
William Alexander
Birth
Date December 1844 (baptised 16 February 1845) Place Dunnichen, Rescobie, Forfar, Scotland, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Settled Western Australia 1891
Parents
Son of William, farmer, and Elizabeth Millar
Marriage and Family
Married 10 August 1874, Toowoomba, Mary Jane Harding (born c. 1853), daughter of John Evan and Elizabeth Stone
Children: at least one son and one daughter
Death
Date 27 May 1924Place Brisbane Hospital, Queensland, Australia
Cemetery Toowong Cemetery, Queensland, AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Presbyterian
Education
Educated at Forfar
Occupation
Storekeeper, draper and mining agent
Employment History
1873 storekeeper draper in Toowoomba in partnership with JP McLeish
From 1880 Alexander & Munro
Storekeeper Geraldton
By 1897 Perth office as mining agent
Circa 1900–1903 drapery store, Kalgoorlie
House
MLC
Local Government Service
President, Geraldton Chamber of Commerce circa 1900–1903
Date Elected
25 July 1895
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1898
Electorate
Central
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC Central Province 25 July 1895 (by-election)–21 May 1898
Background/Membership
1866 moved to Queensland
Mining interests Gympie and elsewhere in Queensland
Travelled in New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Valparaiso, returned to Scotland, then to Queensland
Visited WA 1887, 1890
Justice of the Peace, 1895
Large investor in mining ventures, real estate
1897–1899 president Geraldton Chamber of Commerce
After business problems returned to Queensland, circa September 1913
Wife and family returned to Scotland
Founding benefactor, Scotch College, Perth
References
D Black, and G Bolton, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1890-1930 , Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 26.
Bolton, 176
BDWA I
Darling Downs Gazette 12 August 1874, 31 December 1895.
Geraldton Advertiser 8 July 1895, 4 April 1898, 2 May 1898, 11 May 1898. (supplement)
Gregory
WB Kimberly, History of West Australia. A Narrative of her Past, together with biographies of her leading men, p. 23–24.
ST Knight, Records of Scotch College 1897–1910, (Perth 1911)
Scotch College Register, 1925.
Toowoomba Chronicle, 31 May 1873.
The Western Australia post office directory (1903)
Further Information
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