Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Richard William Pennefather
Principal Honours
KC 1901
Birth
Date Circa 16 July 1851 (1853) Place Near Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland
Arrival in WA
Emigrated to Australia when young. To WA 1896
Parents
Son of Frederick William, lawyer, and Annie Parsons
Marriage and Family
Married 7 October 1897, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Perth to Florence Edith Fullagher, (born circa 1874), daughter of William and Sarah Frances Cox
Children: one daughter
Death
Date 16 January 1914Place Claremont, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Education
Educated privately, St Patrick’s, Melbourne
Melbourne University BA, LLB
1876 Victorian Bar
Occupation
Lawyer
Employment History
Practised law Victoria 1876–1886, in Sydney 1886–1888, then Melbourne again 1888–1896
Partner with John Horgan
1901 temporary judge Supreme Court WA, in practice again 1902–1905
House
MLA
MLC
Party
Forrest Party
Date Elected
3 May 1897
Inaugural Speech
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Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1914
Electorate
Greenough
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA Greenough 3 May 1897–May 1901
  • MLC North Province 15 January 1907 (by-election)–16 January 1914
  • Contested Claremont 11 June 1902 (by-election), Greenough 28 June 1904
Office
  • Attorney General 27 October 1897–20 March 1901

Royal Commissions
  • Chairman Royal Commission Meat Industry 1908
Qualifications
BA, LLB 1876
References
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol. 1, p. 332–333.
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 159.
Kimberly WB. History of West Australia, p. 202.
Russell, E. A Biographical Register of the Commonwealth Parliament 1901-72, p. 219–20.
Twentieth Century Impressions, p. 40.
West Australian, 14 May 1908.
Western Australian Parliamentary Debates, Vol 49, p. 527 and 585.
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