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Members’ biographical register

Henry (Harry) Thomas May

Date: 1 August 1892
Place: Minster near Sheerness (Maidstone), Kent, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To WA 1911
Son of George May, farm labourer and publican, and Emma Thundow (Lingley?)
Marriage and Family
Married 19 August 1919, Methodist Church, Collie to Elizabeth Lyall Wilson, daughter of Arthur Alan Wilson and Jane Lamb
Widowed 9 April 1967
Children: two sons, including former MLA
Donald George May, and one daughter
Date: 13 May 1972
Place: South Perth Community Hospital, South Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Educated Sittingbourne, England
City Commercial College, Perth
Union secretary
Employment History
Wheat farmer in Narrogin area prior to World War I
Enlisted Australian Imperial Force 7 May 1915
Private 2/28 Battalion; served at Gallipoli, discharged sick with enteric fever 7 August 1916
Worked for Repatriation Department as clerk
Joined Amalgamated Collieries as bulk storeman November 1922 and worked in coal mining industry at Collie until 1947
Active in Returned and Services League of Australia
Secretary Collie branch of the Australian Labor Party 1935
Secretary South West District Council for many years
Date Elected
17 February 1947
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Harry May
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Collie 17 February 1947–23 March 1968
  • Contested South-West Province 29 April 1944

  • Government Whip 1953–1959
  • Opposition Whip 1959–1968

  • Member Joint House Committee 1953–October 1967
  • Member Select Committee on the Westralian Buffalo Club (Private) Bill 1949
  • Chairman Select Committee on the Collie Club (Private) Bill 1953

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Represented WA branch Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at General Conference, New Delhi, 1957

With son Donald George May first father and son to sit together in Legislative Assembly 1962–1965
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. 179.
Collie Mail, 20 February 1947, 18 May 1972.
Who's Who in Australia, (1950)