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Maurice Clifford Williams

Principal Honours
Awarded Citizen of the Year Bunbury 2001
Date: 26 June 1926
Place: Subiaco, Western Australia
Son of William Meredith Williams, metal moulder and farmer, and Ethel May Green
Marriage and Family
Married 1 March 1952, Ross Memorial Church (Presbyterian), West Perth to Betty Dick, daughter of George James Dick and Gertrude Ann Watson
Children: three sons
Date: 3 July 2004
Place: Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia
Cemetery: Bunbury Cemetery, WA
Uniting Church
Educated numerous primary schools—Middlesex (group settlement), Manjimup, Nannup, North Fremantle, Mt Marshall, Bencubbin, East Kalgoorlie, South Kalgoorlie and Burekup
Eastern Goldfields High School
Perth Boys’ School
Perth Technical College—certified master moulder (metals)
Apprentice metal moulder at Tomlinson Pty Ltd, Lord St, Perth 1941–1946
Metal worker and businessperson
Employment History
Moulder Hoskins Ltd, Perth 1946–1947
Member British Commonwealth Occupation Force 1947–1949
Self-employed in foundry business, Collie and Bunbury 1949–1962
Self-employed foundry at Bunbury 1973–1975
Various commercial property development activities 1975–1979
Co-ordinating Bunbury City celebrations 1979–1980
Executive officer Bunbury Travel Information Centre 1981–1983
Development citrus, nut and melon growing under irrigation at Burekup 1983–1984
From 1988 operating two service stations at Bunbury in partnership with second son and wife as well as Burekup property, partnership South West Brakes
Joined Liberal Party 1953
President Bunbury branch, and of Forrest Division (1973–1974)
Date Elected
1 September 1962
Inaugural Speech
Williams, Maurice Clifford, Address-in-Reply, 1963.pdf
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Bunbury 1 September 1962 (by-election)–28 February 1973 (resigned)
  • Contested Collie 19 February 1977

  • Deputy Chairman of Committees 1968–1973
Royal Commissions
  • Member Hon Royal Commission on Hire Purchase and other Agreements 1971–1972
Member Moulder (Metals) Union
Member Foundrymen’s Association (WA branch)
Chairman board South West Co-operative Building Society
Chairman board Small Business Advisory Service Ltd (replaced by Small Business Development Corporation)
Active Apex member, Collie Charter member 1952, Bunbury 1955, served as presidents several director portfolios, chairman and member Apex Kindergarten Committee, life member 1966
Foundation president Bunbury Central Rotary Club 1978, awarded Paul Harris fellow
Chairman Bunbury Regional Hospital Comforts Fund and member
Member and chairman Bunbury Meals on Wheels and Senior Citizens’ Centre
Chairman Bunbury and Burekup Tidy Towns Committees
Member South West Zone Development Committee, South West Regional Development Committee and Bunbury Port Authority
One time member and chairman Dardanup Tourist Committee
Awarded Citizen of the Year Bunbury 2001
Chairman and member Bunbury Technical School Advisory Committee, Bunbury Citizens’ Advice Bureau
Awarded Centenary of Federation Medal 2003
Chairman and member Bunbury Marriage Guidance Council
From November 1999 member Bunbury Water Corporation Community Response Group
Member Western Australian Post-Secondary Education Commission Education Committee, Western Australian College of Advanced Education interim and governing Councils member National Small Business Advisory Council
August 2000 formed and led pilot scheme for high school Students to teach computer literacy to seniors
Member Friends of Bunbury Entertainment Centre theatre
Chairman Bunbury Swimming Club and Aquatic Fund-Raising Committee
Member South West and Commercial Clubs (Bunbury)
Lived at Burekup 1978–2000 and then at Mandurah
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 280.
South West Times, 9 August 1962.