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Members’ biographical register

Charles Austin Piesse

Date: 11 November 1855
Place: Northam, Western Australia
Son of William Roper, policeman and magistrate, and Elizabeth Ellen Oxley
Brother of Alfred Napoleon Piesse, Arnold Edmund Piesse and Frederick Henry Piesse
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 18 June 1882, Court House, Williams River Bridge to Martha Amelia Ellen Chipper (born 5 April 1864), daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Maley
Children: three sons and six daughters
Widowed 5 December 1901
Married (2) 14 May 1910, St Peter’s Church, Petersburg, SA to Flora Elizabeth Leonora Hickson (born circa October 1886), daughter of John and Hannah Wheelwright Read
Children: one son and two daughters
Date: 13 July 1914
Place: St George’s Terrace, Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Wagin cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Educated Guildford and Northam State schools
Farmer and miller
Employment History
Pearler Shark Bay 1872–1874
Farmer Williams district 1874–1880
With brother Frederick founded F and C Piesse, storekeepers, 124 mile peg, Albany Road until 1882, then at Wagin and Katanning, merchants and millers until 1903
Subsequently in business as CA Piesse and Sons
Also founded farming and grazing property, Tilellan, Arthur River
Local Government Service
Arthur River and Wagin Road Board chairman 1887–1890
First Mayor of Wagin 1906–1907
Date Elected
16 July 1894
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC South-East Province 16 July 1894–13 July 1914

  • Minister without Portfolio 14 May 1906–25 March 1907

Historical Notes
  • Four Piesse brothers served in the Parliament of Western Australia including Charles' brothers, Alfred, Arnold and Frederick.
1893 Justice of the Peace
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol 1, p. 333.
Diaries 1892–93 in State Library (ACC 369A)
Erikson, Rica. The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume III.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 26, 735.
West Australian, 7 May 1960, 14 May 1908, 14 and 16 July 1914.