Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
James Baillie (Bailey) [Watts] Griffiths
Birth
Date 26 June 1872 Place Kangaroo Flat, Victoria, Australia
Parents
Son of James, miner and Rebecca Watts
Marriage and Family
Married 26 June 1912, West Perth to Elizabeth Evelyn Lalor (born circa 1876 and died 13 August 1929), son of Michael Francis and Catherine Mullhall
Children: one daughter
Death
Date 21 June 1916Place Boulder, Western Australia
Cemetery Boulder Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Occupation
Prospector and union secretary
Employment History
1895–1916 prospector Mt Margaret field, usually alone, also Mt Clifford
1905 secretary Murrin Murrin Miners’ Union
1910–1914 secretary Gwalia Miners’ Union
1915–1916 general secretary Miners’ Federation
House
MLC
Party
Labor
Date Elected
22 May 1916
Inaugural Speech
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Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1916
Electorate
North-East Province
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC North-East Province 22 May–21 June 1916
  • Died before taking seat
Background/Membership
Attended conferences Leaseholders' and Prospectors’ Association, Kalgoorlie
1912 living at Leonora
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, 2010, p. 86.
Kalgoorlie Miner, 22 June 1916.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 8 January 2015. http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php?id=KB00039790
West Australian, 17 May, 22 June 1916.
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