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Members’ biographical register

Thomas Campbell Carey

Date: Circa 1832–1833
Place: Ireland
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 1 February 1862 in Robert Morrison
Son of James, land agent
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 29 September 1853, Ireland to Eliza Shields Stewart (born circa 1837)
Children: four sons
Widowed 28 October 1871
Married (2) 20 April 1874, Congregational Church, Fremantle to Rose Strickland (born 19 June 1849 and died circa 1911), daughter of Henry and Mary Ann Hokin

Children: four daughters
Date: 4 September 1884
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Church of England
Employment History
Employed as draughtsman commanding Engineer’s Office, Chatham
Then in Ordnance Survey as Land Agent and Surveyor, Ireland

Entered WA Survey Department based at Albany, Wellington, and Bunbury
Assistant surveyor Lands Department 1862–1870
Contract surveying from 1871 after reorganisation of Lands Department, also in private practice
Local Government Service
Member Bunbury Municipal Town Council 1871–1887, Chairman 1871
Wellington Road Board member 1873
Date Elected
25 June 1872
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech was given
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Vasse 25 June 1872–5 October 1874; 28 March 1878 (by-election)–4 September 1884
  • Contested Vasse 5 October 1874

  • Chairman of Committees 8 July 1873–October 1874
1865 purchased town lots in Bunbury
Justice of the Peace 1869
Member Mechanics’ Institute

1874 unsuccessful defendant in libel case
Bunbury Town Trust 1871 member, Chairman 1871

Carey Park, Bunbury was named after Carey
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. 8.
Colonial Secretary's Office Records, Vol. 627/Surveyors, 22 September 1868, Vol 891, 17 April 1878.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume I. A-C, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
West Australian, 6 and 9 September 1884.