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Samuel Mat(t)hew Rocke


Birth
Date: 7 September 1874
Place: Tifabb, Shire of Mornington, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
Arrived in Western Australia 1895
Parents
Son of Andrew, fisherman and seaman, and Sarah Jennings
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 14 July 1898, Burdrop House, Cantonment Street, Fremantle (Presbyterian) to Anne Eliza Hewton (born circa 1865), daughter of John and Ann Jane Ross
Children one daughter
Widowed
Married (2) 6 December 1916, Wesley Church, South Fremantle to Lilian Azubah Jackson, (born circa 1889), daughter of John and Esther Chamberlain
Children: one son
Death
Date: 3 June 1964
Place: Kurri Kurri Hospital, NSW, Australia
Cemetery: Cooranbong Cemetery, NSW
Religion
Seventh Day Adventist
Education
Educated as a civil engineer
Occupation
Public servant
Employment History
Working as a caretaker 1898
Produce merchant 1899; entered public service
1910–1917 assistant storekeeper Fremantle Gaol
Described as engineer 1921
Process worker with Sanitarium Health Company, NSW
House
MLA
Party
Independent
Labor; Independent, 1921
Date Elected
29 September 1917
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Year Retired/Resigned
1921
Electorate
South Fremantle
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLA South Fremantle 29 September 1917–12 March 1921
  • Contested South Fremantle 12 March 1921
Background/Membership
Strong advocate of liquor reform
Later moved to New South Wales
Living at Cooranbong, NSW at time of death
References
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. 172.