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Members’ biographical register

John Bell Read

Date: 10 June 1939
Place: Boulder, Western Australia
Son of George Henry Read, gold mine plant shift foreman, and Alma Lillian Rosa Clifford and father of Keith John Read
Marriage and Family
Married 30 January 1960, Shenton Park to Rosemary Madge Barker, daughter of Keith Walter Colin and Dorothy May Bateman
Children: four sons, including
Keith John Read, public servant and politician, and one daughter
Church of England
Educated South Boulder Primary School, Eastern Goldfields High School
University of Western Australia, Claremont Teachers College (1957–1958) and Mt Lawley College of Advanced Education—Teachers Certificate and Higher Certificate and Learning Assistance Dip
Employment History
Commenced teaching 1959
Master at primary schools, Roebourne April 1959–1960, Kalgoorlie 1960–1962, Northam 1963–1967, Churchlands 1968–1969
Deputy Principal Boulder 1970–1971 and Pinjarra Primary Schools 1972–1983
Special projects consultant to South West Development Authority 1989–1992 and 1995
Administrator Cocos (Keeling) Islands 1992–1994
Manager Southern Province, Department of Housing and Regional Development 1995
Executive Officer and then Service Director Midway Community Care (for young adults with intellectual disabilities)
From 1997 business proprietor with son Keith Read
Local Government Service
Member Mandurah City Council 1997–late in 2000
Joined party 1980
Vice president Mandurah branch from December 1980, president June 1981, secretary December 1989
Date Elected
19 February 1983
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Mandurah 19 February 1983–4 February 1989
  • Contested Mandurah 4 February 1989

  • Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet 4 August 1987–27 February 1989
  • Chairman of Task Force—Youth Income Support Association
  • Chairman Working Party on Transport Needs for Mandurah–Murray Area
Member Lions Club
1955 selected to represent the goldfields in Daily News Youth Travel Scheme to United Kingdom
Patron and co-patron of numerous sporting and community organisations in Mandurah, Murray and Harvey areas
Teacher Certificate and Higher Certificate
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. 219.
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