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Members’ biographical register

Mr Harry Brown

Date: 6 May 1863
Place: Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Came to Western Australia circa 1887–1892
Thomas Brown, basket maker, and Ellen O’Donell
Marriage and Family
Married 26 April 1890, St George’s Cathedral Perth, to Myra Minnie Pether (born 15 December 1864), daughter of Richard William and Elizabeth Birch
Children: one son and one daughter
Date: 19 January 1925
Place: West Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Leighton Buzzard
Clerk and manager
Employment History
1876–1883 in office of the land steward to Baroness de Rothschild
1883–1887 Captain of Cape Mounted Rifles, purchased discharge
Law Clerk with
Stone and Burt solicitors
Secretary then manager Perth Building Society 1892–1918, suspended following allegations of financial impropriety
Local Government Service
Secretary Perth Road Board 1903–1905
Perth City Council member 1898–1905
Chairman Municipal Works Committee 1901
Mayor of Perth 1903–1905
Date Elected
28 June 1904
Inaugural Speech
Brown, Harry, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Harry Brown
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly, electorate of Perth 28 June 1904–3 October 1911
  • Contested Perth 3 October 1911
Emigrated to South Africa in 1883
Member Perth Licensing Branch
Deputy chairman Perth Hospital Board
Justice of the Peace
Managing Trustee WA Cricket ground
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, 2010, p. 38.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 5 May 2015.