Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Charles Sommers
Birth
Date 20 January 1869 Place Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
1894
Parents
Son of William, restaurant keeper, and Ann Matilda Merrell
Marriage and Family
Married 9 June 1886, St Mary's Church, Morwell, Victoria to Agnes Donaldson (born circa 1863), daughter of David and Annie Thompson
Children: one son and three daughters
Death
Date 19 March 1922Place Cottesloe, Western Australia
Cemetery Walebing Cemetery, Moora, WACause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Geelong Grammar School 1878–1882
Occupation
Real estate agent
Employment History
Farmed at Bendigo
Commission agent in Morwell by 1886
Stock and station agent Geelong
1894 mining for two years, Western Australia
Developed New Victoria Mine near Coolgardie
1896 managing director Victoria Hotel, Coolgardie
1900 founded Perth office as land agent and sworn valuator
Farming property in south-west
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Traralgon Shire Council, Victoria 1883–1886, Geelong Municipal Council 1886–1894
Mayor of Coolgardie, two terms 1899–1903
Party
Liberal
Date Elected
14 May 1900
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1918
Electorate
North-East; Metropolitan
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC North-East* Province 14 May 1900–21 May 1906; Metropolitan Province 22 May 1906–21 May 1918
  • Contested Metropolitan Province 11 May 1918

Office
  • Minister for Lands 27 May–21 November 1901
Background/Membership
1882–1886 in Gippsland, Victoria
To Guildford, WA by 1898
References
JS Battye (ed.),The Cyclopaedia of Western Australia, 2 vols, Adelaide: Hussey and Gillingham, 1912–13, p. 333–34.
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 184.
Twentieth Century Impressions of Western Australia. Anon. P.H.W. Thiel: Perth, 1901, p. 27.
West Australian, 15 May 1912.
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