Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
John Henry (Kilkar) Smith
Birth
Date 16 June 1881 Place Bridgetown, Western Australia
Parents
Son of Joseph, storekeeper and builder, and Eliza Cain
Marriage and Family
Married 18 December 1907, All Saints Church, Bridgetown (Church of England) to Mary Agnes Murnan (born circa 1887 and died circa September 1963), daughter of Edward and Margaret McGrath
Children: two daughters
Death
Date 18 January 1953Place Pinjarra, Western Australia
Cemetery Bridgetown Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Education
Locally
Occupation
Publican
Employment History
Tin miner at Greenbushes for eight years after leaving school
Rural employment until 1906
Became licensee Terminus Hotel, Bridgetown
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Bridgetown Road Board July 1917–April 1921
Party
Labor
Labor until 1917 (president local branch) then Independent (Ind) and Independent Labor (Ind Lab) 1922, Country Party 1922–23, Ministerial (Majority) Country Party (MCP) 1923–24, Nationalist from 1923/1924
Date Elected
12 March 1921
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1943
Electorate
Nelson
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Nelson 12 March 1921–15 February 1936, 18 March 1939–20 November 1943
  • Contested Nelson 29 September 1917 (Ind Lab), South West Province 8 May 1920, Nelson 15 February 1936, 20 November 1943, Blackwood 25 March 1950 (Ind)
Background/Membership
Member Bridgetown Health Board
Pensioner in Greenbushes at time of death
Former captain district football and cricket teams
References
J.S. Battye (ed.),The Cyclopaedia of Western Australia, 2 vols, Adelaide: Hussey and Gillingham, 1912–13, p. 465.
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 183184.
Wise: Western Australian Directory, 1895–1947 (1914–1947)
West Australian, 20 January 1953.
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