Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Charles William (Donald) Barker
Birth
Date 14 August 1904 Place York East, England
Arrival in WA
Said to have arrived in WA 1921
Parents
Son of Charles Edward Moses Barker, joiner, and Ellen Barker
Marriage and Family
Married 11 November 1944, Methodist Church, Monkgate, York, England to Muriel Mary Watson, daughter of Amos
No children (?)
Death
Date 18 July 1956Place Port Hedland Road, Broome, south of La Grange, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Stock inspector
Employment History
Spent most of his life in North West as station hand, protector of Aborigines
Claimed to have commanded Salamoa (North American company) then stationed in Canada during war before serving in Landing Ships Tank in the Royal Australian Navy
When married in 1944 listed as working as foreman at an aircraft factory and living in York, England in the same street that he was born in
Cafe proprietor of Sunshine Cafe in Broome 1947–1949
From 1950 working for stock agents as stock inspector in Derby
House
MLC
Party
Labor
Date Elected
22 May 1952
Inaugural Speech
-Barker, Charles William (Donald), Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1956
Electorate
North
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC North Province 22 May 1952–18 July 1956

Committees
  • Member Select Committee on the Firearms and Guns Act Amendment Bill 1953
Background/Membership
While in Parliament resided in Como
Barker's wife, Ellen Barker apparently returned to England after his death
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds. Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Vol. 2, 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth 2010 , p. 9.
West Australian, 20 July 1956.
Western Australian Parliamentary Debates Vol 136, p. 2771, Vol 143, p. 15–16.
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