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Charles John Moran

Principal Honours
Arrived WA late 1890
Date: 20 November 1868
Place: near Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Son of John Hacket, labourer, and Anne Armstrong
Marriage and Family
Married 28 August 1895, Roman Catholic Church, Fremantle to Elizabeth Catherine (Frances) Healy (born circa August 1867 and died 11 September 1939), daughter of John and Annie Ryan
Children: three sons and three daughters
Date: 18 December 1936
Place: Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Educated local state schools and St Kilian’s College, Brisbane, and Central Collegiate School, Toowoomba, Queensland
Qualified school teacher and matriculated to University of Sydney 1890
Manager, miner and farmer
Employment History
Articled to architect A Stombuco
Superintendent for part of construction of General Post Office (later Treasury) building
Worked briefly for contractor supplying water to goldfields
Participated in abortive Siberia gold rush late 1893
By 1897 director of several mining firms
After 1907 farmer at Wagin
Ministerialist to 1901 then Independent
Independent Country Party by 1922
Member executive Primary Producers Association
Date Elected
9 July 1894
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Yilgarn 9 July 1894–7 May 1897; East Coolgardie 7 May 1897–24 April 1901; West Perth 14 July 1902 (by-election)–27 October 1905
  • Contested Kalgoorlie 1901, West Kimberley 1901 (by-election), Perth 1905
  • Minister for Lands 15 February–27 May 1901
  • Leader Independent Party June 1904–October 1905
Justice of the Peace 1898
Prominent in Farmers' and Settlers' Association
Trustee of Agriculture Bank 1921–1930 also trustee of Rural Relief Board
Closely identified with Catholic Young Men’s Society
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. 146.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 26 February 2015.
Further Information
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol 2, p. 713–14.
G. C. Bolton, 'Moran, Charles John (1868–1936)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 24 December 2015.
Erickson, Rica. Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914, Vol 5, The Golden Years 1889-1914, p. 5.
Kimberly, WB. History of West Australia. A Narrative of her Past, together with biographies of her leading men, p. 173–74.
Morning Herald, 29 June 1904.
Raeside J. Golden Days, p. 113–120.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 40.
West Australian, 19 December 1936.