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Members’ biographical register

Samuel Mitchell

Date: Circa 1838*
Place: Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA November 1867 on Zephyr with one brother and band of miners from Cornwall as manager of Geraldine lead mine
Son of Samuel and grandfather of Sir David Brand
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 17 November 1860, Parish Church, Uny Lelant, Cornwall, England to Mary Jane Stephens (born circa 1845), daughter of Hugh
Children: six sons and four daughters
Widowed 9 June 1883
Married (2) 12 June 1890, District Registry Office Greenough to Hannah Cory (born 1874 England), daughter of Richard and Mary Ann Stephens
Children: three sons and seven daughters
Date: 5 July 1912
Place: Northampton, Western Australia
Cemetery: Gwallia Cemetery, Northampton, Western Australia
Mine manager
Employment History
In 1860 mining agent living at Uny Lelant, Cornwall
Opened Wheal Ellen Lead mine and others
By 1880s became storekeeper, stock and station agent at Northampton
Local Government Service
Northampton Road Board member from 1872
Chairman 1876–1879
Forrest Party
Date Elected
26 May 1897
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Geraldton 27 October 1884–28 May 1885 (resigned) MLA Murchison 26 May 1897–24 April 1901
  • Contested Murchison, 24 April 1901, 10 December 1901 (min. by-election), Greenough 28 June 1904
*Possibly baptised 28 October 1838 Cubert, Cornwall, son of Samuel, miner of Perranzabuloe and May Anne
Justice of the Peace, 1882
Honorary captain Volunteer Corps
Mining inspector
Looking Backwards: Reminiscences of Forty-Two Years (Geraldton 1911)
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 140.
Erickson, Rica. The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians pre 1829-1888, vol 3.
Inquirer, 27 September 1871.
Kimberly WB. History of West Australia, p. 177.