Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Joseph John Holmes
Birth
Date 24 May 1866 Place Mandurah, Western Australia
Parents
Son of Robert, police constable, and Maria Wilson
Marriage and Family
Married 17 August 1897, St Michael’s Church, Wollongong, NSW to Marjorie Jane Tighe (born circa 1872), daughter of Joseph Conlon and Isabella Neil
Children: two sons and two daughters
Widowed
Death
Date 25 April 1942Place Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated Mandurah
Occupation
Butcher and farmer
Employment History
From 1884 storeman, 1887 joined butcher’s firm, founded by brothers
1897–1931 pastoralist, part-owner with JA Kilfoyle of Rosewood Station, East Kimberley
Owned Homewood Station, 40,000 acres near Mingenew
House
MLA
MLC
Party
Liberal to 1914 later Independent
Date Elected
5 May 1897
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1942
Electorate
East Fremantle
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA East Fremantle 5 May 1897–28 June 1904, 27 October 1905–24 April 1906 (election in 1905 declared void, seat declared vacant)
  • MLC North Province 21 March 1914 (by-election)–25 April 1942
  • Contested East Fremantle 28 June 1904
  • After 1914 by-election victory re-elected unopposed until death
Office
  • Commissioner for Railways May–November 1901
Background/Membership
Patron East Fremantle Football Club
Fremantle Municipal Council 1893–1898
Mayor of Fremantle 1910 (for a few days)
Supported Forrest 1897, opposed 1898–1900
References
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1890-1930, p. 100-101.
G.C. Bolton, History of the Kimberley Pastoral Industry, USWA, 1954.
BDWA II.
Kimberly, p. 197–98.
Twentieth Century Impressions, p. 31–32.
West Australian, 27 April 1942.
Who's Who in Australia(1941)
Further Information
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