Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Charles Cross
Birth
Date 29 October 1891 Place March, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Circa 1898
Parents
George Cross, farm labourer, and Jane Bridgestock
Marriage and Family
Married 13 December 1916, District Registry Office, Perth to Ruth Naomi Ayres (born circa 1890), daughter of William and Eliza Hicks Ball
Children: one son and one daughter
Widowed 6 August 1944
Married 29 October 1947, St Patrick’s Church, Victoria Park to Fifi Marie Anderson (nee Brown) (born circa 1908), widow, daughter of John Henry and Marie Ann Gespot
No children
Death
Date 26 October 1955Place Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death Level crossing accident, Western Australia
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Businessperson and union secretary
Employment History
Worked as conductor on Perth trams for many years, still conductor in 1916
Subsequently in business (billiard saloon proprietor?) in Victoria Park from circa 1926
Part-time secretary Fire Brigade Employees Union from 1930s to late 1940s
Worked as manager after leaving Parliament
Prominent charity worker in Victoria Park
House
MLA
Party
Labor
Tramways Delegate from Metropolitan branch to Australian Labor Party Triennial Congress 1935
Tramways Employees’ Union delegate to Australian Labor Party Metropolitan Council
Date Elected
8 April 1933
Inaugural Speech
-Cross, Charles, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1947
Electorate
Canning
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Canning 8 April 1933–15 March 1947
  • Contested Canning 15 March 1947, Murray 25 March 1950
  • Sought pre-selection for Beeloo 1955

Committees
  • Member Select Committee on the Educational System of the State 1938
  • Member Select Committee on the Western Australian Turf Club (Property) Private Bill 1944
  • Member Select Committee on Wool Handling at Appraisement Centres 1945
Background/Membership
Active in Tramways Employees’ Union
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. 59.
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