Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Joseph Thomas Davies
Birth
Date 29 May 1880 Place Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
1899
Parents
Joseph Edward, coalminer and clerk, and Elizabeth Olivia Morgan
Marriage and Family
Married 21 May 1903, St Pauls Church, Beaconsfield to Mary Theresa Brown (born India circa 1881), daughter of Hugh and Margaret Frances Ward
Children: seven sons and three daughters
Widowed 6 June 1952
Death
Date 16 July 1954Place Claremont, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Boarding school Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
Occupation
Railway worker
Employment History
1892–1899 coal miner South Wales
Worked as a labourer and on railways as boilermaker's assistant and then boilermaker by 1911
House
MLA
Local Government Service
West Guildford Road Board from March 1907
Party
Labor until 1917
Then Nationalist
Date Elected
29 September 1917
Inaugural Speech
-Davies, Joseph Thomas, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1924
Electorate
Guildford
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Guildford 29 September 1917–22 March 1924
  • Contested Guildford 22 March 1924, Metropolitan–Suburban Province 10 May 1924, 8 May 1926, Guildford–Midland 13 March 1948 (by-election)

Office
  • Selected for post of Honourable Minister 8 April 1919 but Government resigned 17 April 1919
Background/Membership
Took part in formation of Iron and Steel Workers’ Assistants Union, amalgamated with Amalgamated Society of Railway Engineers
1911 left railways became union official, by 1916 secretary Midland Railways Employees Union
By 1922 secretary Brickyard and Pottery Works Employees Union
References
David Black, and Geoffrey Bolton, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia volume one 1870-1930, Perth, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, 2001, p. 60.
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