Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
William Spencer
Birth
Date circa 1824 Place Bath, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
1842
Parents
Son of Thomas Henry, tradesman, and Margaret Robinson and father-in-law of Sir James Mitchell
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 22 March 1855, Registry Office, Bunbury to Hannah Properjohn (born circa December 1838), daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Stennet (Stend?)
Children: five sons and five daughters
Widow 9 December 1898
Married (2) 30 March 1901, St Mary’s Church of England Church, North Fremantle to Mary Ann Oakley (nee Cornish), (born circa 1846), widow of Tom Oakley (who died 1883 and whom she married in 1867), daughter of Anthony and Rebecca Cooper

No children
Death
Date 23 July 1901Place Bunbury, Western Australia
Cemetery Bunbury Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Police officer, builder, farmer, businessperson and auctioneer
Employment History
Arrived Bunbury December 1842 on Trusty, employed by John Scott at Eelup as a shepherd
Joined police force as mounted constable, clerk of courts and tidewaiter at Bunbury for three years
Became involved in building and timber trades, erected Bunbury jetty, St Paul’s Church
Farmer and grazier Brooklands, Balingup 1876–1882
Returned to Bunbury and established firm of general merchants, also auctioneer
Owned Wellington Hotel until 1892
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Bunbury Town Trust and Municipal Council for 15 years, retired 1897, Mayor 1872–1875, 1877–1879, 1881, 1891-1893
Also chairman Wellington Road Board
Date Elected
27 July 1896
Inaugural Speech
-No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1901
Electorate
South West
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC South West Province 27 July 1896–23 July 1901
Background/Membership
1883 bought Bury Hill
Member of the Board of Education
References
The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians pre 1829-1888, 4 vols, compiled by Rica Erickson, Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press, 1987.
Black, David Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Volume One. 1890 -1930 revised edition, p. 186.
A.C. Frost, Green Gold.
A History of Donnybrook 1842–1974 (Donnybrook Balingup Shire Council: East Fremantle, 1976), p. 27–28.
Morning Herald, 23 July 1901.
Twentieth Century Impressions of Western Australia. Anon. P.H.W. Thiel: Perth, 1901 29.
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