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Members’ biographical register

Lancel Victor De Hamel

Date: 16 September 1849
Place: Stoke Newington, London, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
8 November 1886
Felix John, solicitor, and Eliza Bond
Marriage and Family
Married 12 September 1877, Warkworth Parish Church, Northumberland, England to Marion Eugenie de Manuel Hammond (born 1855–1891), daughter of Charles Frederic
Children: one son
Widowed 1 December 1891
Date: 25 November 1894
Place: Coolgardie, Western Australia
Cemetery: Coolgardie Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death: Typhoid
Church of England
Educated in England
Lawyer, newspaper editor and businessperson
Employment History
1874–1886 solicitor to Board of Trade, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Captain 3rd Volunteer Battalion of Northumberland Fusiliers
May 1888 with WF Foster founded
Australian Advertiser (later Albany Advertiser), editor until 1894
Captain of Plantagenet Rifles from 1890
Circa 1892 with JM Speed established legal firm in Perth
Local Government Service
Mayor of Albany 1888–1889
Active member of Conservative Party
A founder of Newcastle Conservative Club
Opposed Forrest Party
Date Elected
9 December 1890
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Lancel De Hamel
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Albany 4 February 1889–21 October 1890
  • MLA Albany 9 December 1890–22 June 1894
  • Contested Yilgarn 3 July 1894
1880s initiated and participated in unsuccessful expedition to search for buried treasure on a Pacific island
8 November 1886 to Albany, Western Australia
1894 to Coolgardie where he died of typhoid
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. 62.
Coolgardie Cemetery Index. Accessed 17 December 2014.
Further Information
Donald S. Garden, 'de Hamel, Lancel Victor (1849–1894)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 17 December 2015.