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Alexander Thomson


Birth
Date: 9 March 1873
Place: South Shields, Durham, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To WA 1895
Parents
Son of John, carpenter, joiner and builder, and Jane McWilliam and father of Jack McIntosh Thomson
Marriage and Family
Married 4 April 1896, residence of Mrs Merilees, Fremantle to Edith Maud Jenkinson, daughter of Andrew and Jane Willoughby
Children: four sons
Widowed 1 July 1948
Death
Date: 18 November 1953
Place: White House, Katanning, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Religion
Baptist
Education
Educated Essendon State School, Melbourne, Victoria, until age of 14 years
Apprenticed to carpentering trade under his father
Occupation
Builder and storekeeper
Employment History
Worked as a journeyman in several towns in Victoria
Journeyman at Fremantle 1895–1897 then established business
Builder and contractor Buckland Hill 1903–1905
Moved to Katanning where founded timber and hardware store of Thomson and Melany, also a builder in Great Southern district
Invested in building industry
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Buckland Hill Road Board January 1903–December 1905
Katanning Road Board member 1911–1915, chairman 1913
Party
Liberal until 1917 then Country Party
Date Elected
21 October 1914
Inaugural Speech
Thomson, Alexander, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
Search for speeches by Alexander Thomson
Year Retired/Resigned
1930
Electorate
Katanning
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Katanning 21 October 1914–12 April 1930
  • MLC South Province 26 September 1931 (by-election)–21 May 1950
  • Contested Albany 3 October 1911, Katanning 26 Mar 1930

Office
  • Deputy Leader Country Party 1921–23, Leader Executive Country Party and then Country Party 1923–1930
Background/Membership
Mother died when he was young
Went briefly to Queensland
Director Katanning Flour Mill
Member Primary Producers Association
Founder of Katanning Fresh Air League, Historical Society and Infant Health Clinic
Active in Silver Chain District Bush Nursing Association
Prime mover in establishing Katanning swimming pool
President Katanning Bowling Club and Katanning Club
References
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol II, p. 741–42.
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. 194.
The Western Australia post office directory(1903–1931)
Who's Who in Australia (1950)