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Members’ biographical register


William Ralph Nairn


Birth
Date: Circa 1875
Place: Alberton, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 1894
Parents
Son of William, farmer, and Margaret Merritt
Marriage and Family
Married 12 September 1900, Carmelite Church (Roman Catholic), Middle Park, Victoria, Maria Theresa Bertram (born circa 1876), daughter of James and Ellen Burns
Children: two sons and two daughters

Brother of Walter Maxwell (Speaker House of Representatives 1940–1943)
Death
Date: 5 September 1960
Place: Mount Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Salesperson
Employment History
Entered retail business, brief stay in Queensland
Salesman living in Albert Park, Victoria in 1900 then again to WA by 1907
Commercial traveller for wholesale warehouses until 1914
After leaving Parliament became Australian manager, Penfolds Wines, manager McWilliams (Victoria)
House
MLA
Party
Liberal until 1917 then National
Endorsed by Country Party in 1920 but did not stand
Previously chairman National Federation in Western Australia
Date Elected
21 October 1914
Inaugural Speech
Nairn, William Ralph, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
Search for speeches by William Nairn
Year Retired/Resigned
1921
Electorate
Swan
Parliamentary Service
State

Electorates
  • MLA Swan 21 October 1914–12 March 1921
  • Contested 11 September Wellington 1908

Commonwealth

Electorates
  • Contested Senate 31 May 1913
Background/Membership
To Mandurah by 1953, farmer, retired
President Commercial Travellers Association
References
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 149.
West Australian, 23 October 1914.