Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
William Mortimer Marshall
Birth
Date 22 June 1885 Place North Creswick, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
To WA in his early twenties
Parents
Son of William, miner, and Maria Casey
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 3 October 1918, Roman Catholic Church, Meekatharra to Kathleen Ellen Sheehy (born circa 1894 and died 27 January 1981), daughter of Francis Peter and Honorah Callaghan
Divorced 13 July 1949
Children: two sons and four daughters
Married (2) 10 October 1949, District Registry Office, Perth to Ethel Margaret Cox (nee Fussell), divorced 1938, daughter of Samuel William and Mary Ann Chaffin
No children

Cousin of Robert James Percival Marshall
Death
Date 19 August 1952Place Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Cemetery Darwin Cemetery, Northern Territory, AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Education
Educated Creswick and Singapore
Occupation
Miner
Employment History
Mining in Malaya and Rhodesia
Labourer at Lawlers and later at Youanmi 1910–1913
To Queen of the Hills mine Meekatharra 1913
Engine driver and amalgamator at Meekatharra until 1921
House
MLA
Party
Labor
Joined Australian Labor Party 1915
Date Elected
12 March 1921
Inaugural Speech
-Marshall, William Mortimer, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1952
Electorate
Murchison
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Murchison 12 March 1921–19 August 1952

Committees
  • Chairman of Committees August 1939–3 August 1945

Office
  • Minister for Mines, Railways and Transport 3 August 1945–1 April 1947

Historical Notes
  • Father of the House October 1948–August 1952
Background/Membership
During parliamentary career lived at Redcliffe
Member Douglas Social Credit Movement in 1930s
Visited NSW 1941 to recruit skilled miners for WA
Known as ‘Lavender Bill’ because of his tastes in clothes
References
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.
Bulletin (Sydney), 9 May 1941.
Kalgoorlie Miner, 20 August 1952.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 17 February 2015. http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php?id=KB00162257
West Australian, 20 August 1952.
Western Australian Parliamentary Debates, vol. 131, p. 412–416.
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