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Charles Edward Broadhurst

Date: 1826
Place: Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To WA May 1865 on Warrior
Son of Daniel, cotton manufacturer, and Sarah Tootal
Marriage and Family
Married 22 June 1860, Woodford Church, Victoria to Eliza Howes (born 11 October 1839), daughter of Florance and Eliza Graham
Children: four sons and three daughters
Widowed 2 August 1899
Date: 26 April 1905
Place: Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
Cemetery: Wimborne Road Cemetery, Bournemouth, England, UK
Church of England
Farmer, businessperson and pearler
Employment History
Pastoralist with brother at Swinton, from 1860 on own account at Wallan
1864 promoter Denison Plains Company, came as manager
1865–1873 pioneer pastoralist Ashburton River

From 1868 in pearling industry at Nickel Bay
1871 purchased Xantho, first steamship trading on WA coast
1875 accused of underpaying Malay divers, but case quashed
1878 initiated fishcanning, Mandurah
1884–1890 established guano industry, Abrolhos
Retired in favour of son
Date Elected
Nominated 6 July 1874
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech given
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • Nominated MLC 6 July 1874–24 November 1875 (resigned following dispute over payment to Malay pearling divers)
1843 to Victoria
From 1895 until death resided at Bournemouth, England. Charles was buried in grave no. Z5/40N in the Wimborne Road Cemetery, Bournemouth. His late wife Eliza Broadhurst was also buried in the grave in 1899.
H. Drake-Brockman, 'Broadhurst, Charles Edward (1826–1905)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1969, accessed online 11 December 2015.
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. 4.
Bunbury Herald, 16 October 1897.
Correspondence with Sally Avis, Administration Supervisor, Bereavement Services, Bournemouth Borough Council, 5 August 2015.
CSO file 1182/85.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume I. A-C, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
WB Kimberly, History of West Australia. A narrative of her past, together with biographies of her leading men, FW Niven and Co, Melbourne, 1897, p. 208–209.
M McCarthy, ‘Charles Edward Broadhurst’ (MA Thesis, Murdoch University, 1990)
West Australian, 29 July 1884, 9 December 1886.
Withnell Taylor, p. 72–76, 189-190.