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Members’ biographical register


John Arthur Wright


Birth
Date: 25 November 1841
Place: St Mary’s Parish, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA June 1885 on Penola
Parents
Son of John, civil engineer, and Mary Boylan Holahan
Marriage and Family
Married 28 January 1870, Parish Church, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, England to Katherine Whitington (born 1874), daughter of Peter
Children: two sons and one daughter
Death
Date: 24 February 1920
Place: Albany, Western Australia
Cemetery: Albany Cemetery, WA
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated privately
Queen Elizabeth School, Cranbrook; Clapham Grammar School

MICE (Member Institute of Civil Engineers)
Articled to Joseph Cubitt, vice-president Institute of Civil Engineers
Occupation
Engineer
Employment History
Worked as engineer England, Spain, USA, France, Russia (at least from 1870–1874)
1889 manager WA Land Company and general manager in charge of construction until completion 1896
Great Southern Railway
Consulting engineer to government
1896–1908 Government Resident at Albany
House
MLC
Date Elected
24 December 1890
Inaugural Speech
Wright, John Arthur, Address-in-Reply, 1891.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Year Retired/Resigned
1894
Electorate
Nominated
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • Nominated MLC 11 July 1885–18 December 1889, 24 December 1890–June 1894

Office
  • Director of Public Works, Engineer-in-Chief and Commissioner of Railways, July 1885–December 1889

Conventions
  • Delegate to Sydney Federal Convention 1891
Background/Membership
Justice of the Peace
Life president Albany Club
Freemason
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, 2001, p. 212.
Further Information
JS Battye, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol II, p. 829.
Pat Bunny, 'Wright, John Arthur (1841–1920)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/wright-john-arthur-9201/text16253, published first in hardcopy 1990, accessed online 12 January 2016.
Dictionary of Western Australians, 1829-1914. Volume 4. Part 2, L-Z. The challenging years, 1868-1888.
DS Garden, Albany: A Panorama of the Sound from 1827.
West Australian, 26 February 1920.