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Members’ biographical register

Herbert Ernst Graham

Date: 6 April 1911
Place: Narrogin, Western Australia
Son of William Lefevre, farmer and Thekla Emma Pustkuchen
Uncle of Larry Graham
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 15 January 1936, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Perth to Norma Eileen Wilson, daughter of Albert and Helena Marjori McPherson
Children: two sons and one daughter
Divorced 17 October 1951
Married (2) 5 January 1952, District Registry Office Cannington to Beryl Grace Kirkby, daughter of Frederick William and Ada May Mitchell
Children: one son and one daughter
Date: 17 March 1982
Place: Osborne Park Hospital, Western Australia
Cemetery: Memorialised at Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Not stated
Narrogin Primary School and Northam High School
Employment History
Cadet draftsman Lands and Surveys Department 1928–1934
Draftsman Forests Department May 1934–1943 (first class draftsman from 1941)
Date Elected
14 August 1943
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Herbert Graham
Year Retired/Resigned
East Perth
Parliamentary Service

  • MLA East Perth 14 August 1943 (by-election)–31 March 1962
  • MLA Balcatta 31 March 1962–30 May 1973 (resigned)

  • Minister for Housing, Forests & Transport (from 20 April 1956) 23 February 1953–2 April 1959
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition 1 January 1967–3 March 1971
  • Deputy Premier, Minister for Industrial Development (Development from 12 October 1971) & Decentralisation, Town Planning (until 6 July 1972) and the North-West (from 12 October 1971) 3 March 1971–30 May 1973

    • Contested Perth (House of Representatives) 15 September 1934, Senate 21 September 1940
    Moved to Perth as a teenager
    Chairman Licensing Court 1 June 1973–31 May 1976
    Member board of directors from 1930 Australian Natives Association
    Conceived and inaugurated Western Australia Week 1973
    Patron and life member Western Australian Debating League
    Life member Italian Club, awarded Cavaliere Ufficole of Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
    Life member East Perth Football Club, Osborne Park Bowling Club, Forrest Park Bowling Club
    Life member Western Australian Tree Society
    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. 76-77.
    Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 7 January 2014.
    Further Information
    David Black, 'Graham, Herbert Ernst (1911–1982)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 2007, accessed online 21 December 2015.