Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Joseph Cookworthy
Birth
Date 1828 Place Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Parents
Son of Joseph Collier, physician, and Jane Urquhart
Marriage and Family
Married 10 September 1873, St Mary’s Church, Busselton to his cousin Frances Glasford Cookworthy (born 3 March 1834–died 2 July 1928), daughter of John and Charlotte Spicer, stepdaughter of John Garrett Bussell
No children
Death
Date 21 February 1909Place Sandilands, Busselton, Western Australia
Cemetery Busselton churchyard, WACause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated for medical profession
Occupation
Farmer
Employment History
Entered army, served with 14th Dragoons in Persia and India
Joined Indian Civil Service after Indian Mutiny
Visited Australia 1873 and settled in Busselton
Farmed at Sandilands, near Busselton, and took up land in other parts of Western Australia
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Sussex Road Board 1874–1880
Party
Forrest supporter—Conservative
Date Elected
12 December 1890
Inaugural Speech
-Cookworthy, Joseph, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1897
Electorate
Sussex
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Sussex Dec 1890–3 May 1897
  • Contested Vasse 31 October 1884
  • Contested Sussex 3 May 1897
Background/Membership
1875 member of Board of Education
1877–1878 chairman
After inheriting property in England, visited there 1902–1907
Early advocate of women’s suffrage
1875 Justice of Peace
References
BDWA I
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. 52.
Busselton–Margaret Times, 22 February 1909.
Henn PU Genealogical Notes, Battye Library.
South-Western News 26 February 1909.
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