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Members’ biographical register

Robert Frederick Sholl

Date: 27 August 1848
Place: Bunbury, Western Australia
Son of Robert John, resident magistrate, and Mary Ann Berckelman
Brother of Horace William Sholl, farmer and politician
Marriage and Family
Married to Elizabeth Cosgrove, daughter of Thomas
Children: two sons and two daughters
Date: 4 December 1909
Place: St George's Terrace, Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Perth public school and Mr Sherwood’s high school
Pearler and businessperson
Employment History
Spent three years as a jackaroo on Yandanooka sheep station in the Irwin district 1868 to Roebourne district
Launched pearling enterprise at Nickol Bay with his brother Horace William, but after a few years relinquished their interests including Marron station in the Gascoyne
Member of original syndicate of Kimberley Pastoral Company
Speculated in gold mining, financed Lady Shenton Mine which led to opening of Menzies goldfields, also director of Fraser Mine in Southern Cross
Property investor, director Perth Brickworks and Perth Iceworks Company
Opposed Forest Party
Date Elected
27 November 1890
Inaugural Speech
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Year Retired/Resigned
Gascoyne; North
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Gascoyne 20 May 1886 (by-election)–21 October 1890
  • MLA Gascoyne 27 November 1890–28 April 1897
  • MLC North Province 22 May 1904–8 December 1909
  • Member Federation Convention 1897
Lived in London for several years around turn of the twentieth century
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, 2010, p. 180.
Further Information
G. C. Bolton, 'Sholl, Robert Frederick (1848–1909)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1988, accessed online 11 January 2016.