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Members’ biographical register

David Alexander Hay

Date: 14 March 1844
Place: Scotland, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA March 1863 with mother
Son of John, master mariner/shipwright, and Mary Hill
Cousin of John Forrest, Alexander Forrest and David Forrest
Marriage and Family
Married 29 May 1866, Picton Church to Katherine Walker O’Neille (born 27 September 1844 and died 12 November 1933), daughter of James, niece of Reverend Joseph Withers
Children: seven sons and five daughters
Date: 21 July 1899
Place: Bunbury, Western Australia
Cemetery: Bunbury Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Storekeeper and butcher
Employment History
In partnership with mother as storekeeper, Bunbury
1870s butcher
Later commercial traveller
Reputedly discoverer of coal at Collie, registered first coalmining lease 1889, floated Collie Commercial Coal Mining Company 1890–1891
Date Elected
1 November 1884
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by David Hay
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • Elected MLC Wellington, 1 November 1884
  • Result declared void due to bribery July 1885 so did not take seat
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. 13-14.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume II, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
LW Johnson, A history of the Collie coal mining industry
University Studies in Western Australian History, 1957, p. 10–12.