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Members’ biographical register

William Reaper Hall

Date: 3 May 1902
Place: Sister Veronica's Hospital, Boulder, Western Australia
Son of Lucy Reaper, registered as son of George Henry Hall, greengrocer, and Caroline Emerson
Marriage and Family
Married 25 October 1922, St John’s Cathedral, Kalgoorlie to Dulcie Tangney (died 20 February 1992), daughter of Peter Tangney and Matilda Mary Conley (nee Floyd), widow
Children: two daughters
Date: 1 May 1963
Place: St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Educated South and Central Kalgoorlie Schools
Miner and union secretary
Employment History
Miner at Boulder in early 1920s, connected with goldfields unions
Kalgoorlie tramways employee by 1926

Secretary Tramways Employees’ Union for ten years
Local Government Service
Kalgoorlie Road Board 2 April 1933–April 1949
Chairman Kalgoorlie Road Board 1935–1949
Date Elected
22 May 1938
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
North East
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC North-East Province 22 May 1938–1 May 1963

  • Deputy Chairman of Committees 1952–1953
  • Chairman of Committees 11 August 1954–1 May 1963
  • Member Joint House Committee 1947–1953 and thereafter as Chairman of Committees
  • Member Select Committee inquiring into Third Party Risks under the Traffic Act 1940
  • Member Select Committee inquiring into the Negotiations for the Purchase and Delivery of Landliner and Cheetah Omnibuses 1947
  • First member of the Australian Labor Party to hold the post of Chairman of Committees (Deputy President) in Legislative Council
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 106.
West Australian, 2 May 1963.
Kalgoorlie Miner, 6 May 1938, 2 May 1963.