Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Arthur William Wansbrough
Birth
Date 20 August 1877 Place York, Western Australia
Parents
Son of Joseph, carpenter and wheelwright, and Matilda Styring Massingham
Brother of Charles Prangle Wansbrough, railway worker and politician
Marriage and Family
Married 19 September 1903, St John’s Church, Northam to Ada Louise Cooper (born circa December 1880 and died circa June 1955), daughter of William Carey and Mary Ann Thomas
Children: three sons and one daughter
Death
Date 3 September 1949Place Albany, Western Australia
Cemetery Albany Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated State Schools in York and Beverley
Occupation
Railway worker
Employment History
Employed in Post Office 1891
From 1894 partner in road contracting business
1896 entered Traffic Branch Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR)
Helped his brothers develop a farm at Bally Bally but sold share to them in 1904
To Albany 1904, senior guard on great Southern route
On leaving Parliament rejoined WAGR
House
MLA
Party
Labor
1937 secretary Albany District Council
Date Elected
22 March 1924
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1936
Electorate
Albany
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Albany 22 March 1924–15 February 1936
  • Contested Albany 12 March 1921, South Eastern Province 13 May 1922, Albany 15 February 1936, 18 March 1939

Office
  • Government Whip
Background/Membership
To Albany 1904
Circa 1920 prominent on Vigilance Committee
1921 All-Australian Trades Union Conference, Melbourne
References
Albany Advertiser, 5 September 1949.
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. 201.
Garden, DS. Albany: A Panorama of the Sound from 1827, p. 312.
Henn, PU. Genealogical notes on the main Western Australian pioneer families.
West Australian, 26 March 1924, 5 September 1949.
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