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Members’ biographical register

Richard Gale

Date: Circa 1834
Place: Wortlay Farm, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 1856 on Shanghai
Son of John, farmer, and Mary Browd and brother-in-law of Sir James Mitchell
Marriage and Family
Married 5 September 1877, St Paul’s Church, Bunbury to Hannah Rebecca Margaret Spencer, (born 26 November 1857 and died 1940) daughter of William Spencer and Hannah Properjohn
No children
Date: 2 January 1931
Place: Busselton, Western Australia
Cemetery: St Mary’s Church, Busselton, WA
Church of England
Employment History
Farm and dairy manager for William Locke Brockman at Gingin 1856–1860
Managed Fairlawn, near Busselton, for Lieutenant-Colonel J Molloy 1860–1867
Pioneered dairying in South-West
Lessee, then in 1867 purchased Fairlawn, where remained until death
Local Government Service
Vasse Road Board member
Date Elected
5 October 1874
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Richard Gale
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Vasse 5 October 1874–16 February 1878 (resigned)
Justice of the Peace, 1875
Foundation member and president Southern Districts Agricultural Society
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. 11.
JS Battye, ed, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Hussey and Gillingham, Adelaide, 1912-1913, p. 448 (portrait)
MG Cammilleri, ‘Fairlawn’, JHSWA, December 1946.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume II, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
West Australian, 6 January 1931 (portrait)