Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Frederick William Moorhead
Birth
Date 1863 (baptised 4 October), Kings County Ireland Place Ireland
Arrival in WA
Arrived in WA 1889
Parents
Son of Michael J, medical practitioner, and Elizabeth (Julia?) Humphrys
Marriage and Family
Married 21 November 1891, York to Amy Susanna Blackwood Campbell (nee Monger) (born 1 April 1867), widow of Archibald Campbell (married 1886), daughter of John Henry and Henrietta Joaquina
Children: one daughter
Widowed 11 May 1900
Death
Date 27 November 1902Place Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Education
Educated St Stanislaus Jesuit College and Trinity College, Dublin
Occupation
Lawyer
Employment History
Worked with John Horgan
WA Bar 1890
Established firm of Horgan and Moorhead 1890–1895, and Moorhead and Northmore 1896
1893 solicitor for Perth City and several large firms
1900 QC
Judge Supreme Court 24 April–27 November 1902
House
MLA
Party
Ministerialist
Date Elected
18 September 1899
Inaugural Speech
-Moorhead, Frederick William, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1901
Electorate
North Murchison
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA North Murchison 13 October 1899 and again 24 October (by-election after resignation)–10 December 1901
  • Contested Central Province 17 January 1895 (by-election), North Murchison 3 May 1897, 10 December 1901 (ministry by-election)

Office
  • Attorney-General 21 November–23 December 1901, defeated at ministry by-election
Background/Membership
President Arbitration Court
Member of Perth Hospital Board, 1895
Central Board of Health and Aborigines Protection Board
Noted orator
Suffered from locomotor ataxia after 1897
1886 Rugby international for Ireland
Qualifications
BA, LLB; 1887 Bar (Ireland); QC; WA Bar 1890
References
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 145.
Erickson, Rica. The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians pre 1829-1888, vol 3.
Morning Herald, 31 October, 27 November 1902.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 33.
Further Information
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