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Members’ biographical register

Mr Thomas Henry Bath

Principal Honours
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 1948
Date: 21 February 1875
Place: Hill End, New South Wales, Australia
Arrival in WA
Son of Thomas Henry Richard, itinerant miner, and Sarah Ann Barrow
Marriage and Family
Married 27 July 1904, Wesley Church, Kalgoorlie to Elizabeth Maria Jane Fensome (born circa 1879), daughter of William Thomas and Emily Jane Vigers
Children: one son and two daughters
Widowed 11 October 1931
Date: 6 November 1956
Place: Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Educated primary school
Miner and farmer
Employment History
Began work as miner
September 1900 first editor of
Westralian Worker
From 1907 wheat farmer at Tammin, obtained land through Government Land Settlement Scheme
Date Elected
15 October 1902
Inaugural Speech
Bath, Thomas Henry, First Address-in-Reply, 1903.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Thomas Bath
Year Retired/Resigned
Hannans; Brownhill; Avon
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Hannans 15 October 1902 (by-election)–24 June 1904; Brownhill 24 June 1904–October 1911; Avon 3 October 1911–21 October 1914

  • Minister for Lands and Education 7 June 1905–25 August 1905
  • Leader of the Opposition 22 November 1905–3 August 1910
  • Minister for Lands and Agriculture 7 October 1911–23 November 1914

  • Chairman of Committees 3 August 1904–7 June 1905
1896 to WA Goldfields
Brief visit to NSW
1897 foundation member Amalgamated Worker’s Association
Secretary local chapter of American Knights of Labor, 1899 represented it at Coolgardie Trade Union Conference
September 1900 vice-president Goldfields Trades and Labor Council, secretary 1902
1907–1910 co-editorial chairman
Westralian Worker
From 1922 a leader in farmers’ cooperative movement
From 1925 a trustee of wheat pool, May 1927 attended International Wheat Pool Conference at Kansas City

Regular contributor to Wesfarmers Gazette and Primary Producer
Many years honorary secretary Co-operative Federation of Australia
From mid 1920s exponent of bulk handling of wheat
1943–1948 vice-chairman, then chairman Co-operative Bulk Handling Ltd
1903 University endowment trustee
1910 member Royal Commission to report on proposal to establish University of Western Australia
Member Senate University of WA 1912–1919
Member of Public Library and Museum of WA
1930 foundation president Shakespeare Club
1940–1945 president Perth Repertory Society, 1946–1955, patron
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 7.
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, 2010, p. 32.
Dictionary of Western Australians, Vol. 5.
Who's Who in Australia (1935–55)
Further Information
H. J. Gibbney, 'Bath, Thomas Henry (1875–1956)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1979, accessed online 2 December 2015