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Harold George Parsons

Date: 8 March 1867
Place: Fairlight Villa, Greenwich East, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived Australia as small child
Son of George, merchant (from Australia), and Nora Crocker
Marriage and Family
Married 5 May 1896, Parish Church, St Martin in the Fields, Middlesex to Elizabeth Annie Snell (nee De Vaux) (born circa 1864), widow with children, daughter of Louis, artist
Widowed 1 November 1900
Date: 27 August 1905
Place: Lagos, Nigeria
Not stated
Educated Melbourne Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford
BA 1890 2nd Mods and Lit Hum

Inner Temple 1893
Qualifications for FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society)
Lawyer and journalist
Employment History
Turned to journalism, on staff of Saturday Review
Leader writer
National Observer 1890
Became solicitor in Kalgoorlie 1893 after walking to goldfields as swamper
Mining ventures, founder Chamber of Mines, made considerable money
Served in the Boer War, wounded at Tweefontein and wrote a cookery book while convalescing
Commanded detachment of troops at Coronation of Edward VII
District Commissioner in Africa 1903, acting police magistrate Lagos
Encouraged agriculture and cotton production as magistrate Yorubaland
Moved to Africa to administrative duties on staff of Governor, Lagos
Local Government Service
Mayor of Kalgoorlie 1896–1897
Date Elected
29 June 1897
Inaugural Speech
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC North-East Province 29 June 1897–21 May 1900 (left state circa 1898)
Returned to Victoria between 1890-1893
Married during visit to England 1896; subsequently returned to England and lost money
After death of wife while living in Earl’s Court, London, joined East Kent Imperial Yeomanry as Lieutenant
Returned to Britain through illness then again to Africa
Left uncompleted book on history and theories of imperialism
BA 1890, FRGS
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 158.
Bulletin, 14 September 1905.
Kalgoorlie Miner, 16 August 1929.
Kimberly, WB. History of West Australia. A Narrative of her Past, together with biographies of her leading menp.134–35.
Kirwan, John .My Life’s Adventure, London, 1936, p. 119–21.
NB Nairn to P Chipcase, 17 October 1980.
The Times, 2 and 5 September 1905.
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