Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Ewart Henry* Runciman
Birth
Date 15 July 1907 Place Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived in Western Australia 1912, family returned to Scotland on outbreak of war and remigrated circa 1919
Parents
Son of Robert Thomas Ewart Runciman, farmer and superintendent Rottnest Island, and Agnes Evelyn Williamson
Marriage and Family
Married 14 March 1942, Saint Saviour’s Church Boyup Brook, (Church of England) to Flora Hester Mayhew (widow) (nee Inglis), daughter of James Inglis and Jessica Emily Flora Hester
Children: two daughters
Death
Date 14 December 1981Place Murray Districts Hospital, Pinjarra, Western Australia
Cemetery Fremantle Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Presbyterian
Education
Albany Primary School (1913–1915), Portobello, Scotland (1916–1918), St Idelphonsus, New Norcia (1919–1920) and Scotch College (1921–1923)
Won scholarship to Royal Military College Duntroon, attended 1924–1926
Occupation
Farmer
Employment History
Farmed at Wilga 1927–1948, Boyup Brook 1948–1952 and North Dandalup 1952–1966
House
MLA
Party
Liberal
Date Elected
23 June 1962
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1974
Electorate
Murray
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Murray 23 June 1962 (by-election)–30 March 1974
Background/Membership
Member of the Farmers’ Union, chairman North Dandalup
Received certificate of exemption from service in citizen forces 1941
Member committee Pinjarra Native Welfare Association
Deputy chairman Peel Inlet Authority until 1974
Justice of the Peace
Member North Dandalup Progress Association and Parents & Citizens
Member Grand Lodge
Active sportsman all his life, played pennant bowls until his death
Patron of Mandurah Muscular Dystrophy Association
Patron of numerous sporting clubs
References
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. 228.
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