Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Joseph Neon Rowberry Sr
Birth
Date 13 May 1895 Place Inveresk, Scotland, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived Australia circa 1925–1926
Parents
Son of Joseph Neon Rowberry, check weigher and engine keeper, and Isabella Fraser
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 16 September 1922, Edinburgh Scotland to Jean Mauchlin Redpath, biscuit factory worker (born 1895), daughter of James and Isabella Buckham
No children
Widowed 22 January 1923 at Prestonpans
Married (2) 12 October 1933, Church of the Resurrection, Narrogin (Church of England) to Phyllis Gwendoline Ernestine Brown (died 9 December 1990), nurse, daughter of John Henry and Martha Heinzel

Children: one son and one daughter
Death
Date 13 November 1972Place St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery (Congregational funeral) Karrakatta Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Presbyterian
Education
Prestonpans and Edinburgh University (night school)
Occupation
Miner, timber worker and traffic inspector
Employment History
Coal miner in Scotland, studied at night school
Served in World War I in France with 8th Royal Highland Scots, 51 Highland Division—Lance/Corporal Signals
Coal miner living at Prestonpans in 1922–1923
Arrived Australia circa 1925–1926
Worked on farm at Gnowangerup
Road worker in Northcliffe area and Yanmah
From late 1920s timber worker in Pemberton
While unemployed studied to be health inspector
From 1933 worked regularly for State Sawmills as guard on the rake
Moved to Manjimup as traffic inspector 1955
House
MLA
Party
Labor
Date Elected
25 January 1958
Inaugural Speech
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Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1968
Electorate
Warren
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Warren 25 January 1958 (by-election)–23 March 1968

Committees
  • Member Printing Committee 1961–1965
Background/Membership
General vice-president Timber Workers’ Union 1945–1955, honorary life member
President and founder of Timber Workers’ Mutual Aid Fund
Member Pemberton Country Club
Member Pemberton Parents & Citizens
Freemason from 1922
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 228.
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