Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
William Lemen Thomas
Birth
Date 25 September 1872 Place Kilmore, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
1893
Parents
Son of James, farmer, and Mary Browne
Marriage and Family
Married 22 September 1901, St Mary's Church, West Perth to Hannah Walker (born circa 1876–1878 and died 19 July 1961), daughter of John and Jemima Tolmie
Children: one son
Death
Date 13 July 1921Place Bunbury, Western Australia
Cemetery Bunbury Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Not stated
Occupation
Pharmacist
Employment History
Qualified as pharmacist in New South Wales
Member of the Pharmaceutical Society
Came to Western Australia 1893
Assistant dispenser, Government Hospital, Kalgoorlie
1894–1901 chemist in Kalgoorlie
Moved to Perth and then after a few years to Bunbury until death
From 1920 on entering local government involved in controversy over Council funds and services provided
Collapsed at a meeting to discuss a deficit in the Electric Light Department and died the next day after surgery
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Bunbury Municipal Council from 1906
Mayor 1918–1919 and 1920–1921
Party
Labor
ALP member until 1917 then Nationalist
President Political Labor League, Bunbury
Date Elected
1 March 1911
Inaugural Speech
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Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1917
Electorate
Bunbury
Parliamentary Service
State

Electorates
  • MLA Bunbury 1 March 1911–29 September 1917
  • Contested Sussex 11 September 1908, South West Province 13 May 1910, Bunbury 29 September 1917

Office
  • Minister without portfolio 28 June–29 September 1917

Commonwealth
  • Contested Senate (Independent Country Party) 13 December 1919
References
JS Battye (ed.),The Cyclopaedia of Western Australia, 2 vols, Adelaide: Hussey and Gillingham, 1912–13, I, 354
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. 193.
Lorraine's Cemetery Records Pages. Accessed 20 April 2015. http://www.ozburials.com/CemsWA/Bunbury/bunbury.htm
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 20 April 2015. http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php?id=KC00017725
South Western Times, 14 July 1921.
West Australian, 15 July 1921.
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