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Members’ biographical register

Ross Mewburn Elliott

Date: 12 February 1929
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Colin (Geoff) Geoffrey Elliott, accountant/hotel-keeper, and Veronica Mewburn
Marriage and Family
Married 20 June 1953, St Paul’s Cathedral, Bunbury to Elsie Lucille Thompson, daughter of George Percy and Lucille Christine Knight
Children: two sons and two daughters
Divorced 10 February 1982
Date: 29 March 2000
Place: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Western Australia
Cemetery: Taken by administrator at Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Various primary schools, Hale School, Perth
Journalist, editor, businessperson and television commentator
Employment History
Employed with Elder Smith and Company 1945
In family business, stock agency, Waroona 1946–1948
With Hardie Trading Limited, Perth 1949–1950
Proof reader
Sydney Morning Herald 1951
Proprietor sports goods store Bunbury 1952–1956
Entered journalism with
South-West Times Bunbury 1956–1959
Editorial department (chief sports writer)
Daily News and TVW7 1959–1965, chief football writer and television panellist
Journalist (senior features writer) 1968–1969

As journalist covered many major news and sporting events including Dwellingup fires, Meckering earthquake and Commonwealth Games 1962
Own public relations business 1969–1975
Corporate manager Golden West Network 1975–1980
Managing editor, Provincial Publications WA 1980–1986, based at Rockingham
Mandurah Telegraph 1986–1991
Subsequently own media consulting business
Football Register which was published almost continuously from 1964 to the 1990s
Joined Liberal Party 1948
Member various branches over 30 years
Public relations consultant and ministerial adviser 1968–1971
Date Elected
20 February 1965
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Ross Elliott
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Canning 20 February 1965–23 March 1968
  • Contested Canning 23 March 1968

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Represented Western Australia branch Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at 9th Australia Area Conference, Darwin, 1967
Moved to Dwellingup and then to Mandurah
Member Australian Journalists Association
One time member Apex, Lions and several sporting clubs
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. 81-82.