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Arthur Male

Date: 2 March 1870
Place: Bridport, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 1889
Son of Thomas, accountant, and Martha Guppy
Marriage and Family
Married 18 January 1900, St John’s Church, Albany to Constance Cox (born circa 1871 United Kingdom), daughter of James and Agnes Grant
Widowed 12 March 1942
Children: four sons and one daughter
Date: 20 January 1946
Place: West Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Educated Bridport Grammar School
Pearler, farmer and salesperson
Employment History
Worked in family rope works
After arriving in WA 1889, worked on farm at Guildford
1894 went to Broome to manage EW Streeter’s pearling business with his son GS Streeter
Streeter and Male formed, also encompassed pastoral station at Roebuck Plains and general business at Broome
When EW Streeter returned to London, Male became sole manager
With his brother Archie continued pearling business
By 1912 brothers owned Hill station between Broome and Beagle Bay and Arthur bought Ida Valley between Menzies and Leonora
Firm acted as agent for Dalgety and Co Ltd and Blue Funnel Line
Broome representative of Lloyds
Local Government Service
Original member Broome Road Board
On Broome Municipal Council Mayor 1908–1909
Broome Road Board again from 1910
Date Elected
13 November 1905
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Arthur Male
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Kimberley 13 November 1905–9 November 1917
  • Contested Kimberley 9 April 1927 (Independent United Party)

  • Minister without portfolio 16 September 1910–7 October 1911
Justice of the Peace
Business ran into problems after 1918
Retired to Perth 1930 and management taken over by oldest son
Member Senate, University of Western Australia 1916–1917
Member Weld Club
Honorary Consul for Japan from 1928
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. 133.
Further Information
Mary Albertus Bain, 'Male, Arthur (1870–1946)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 23 December 2015.
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol 1, p. 348.
Battye, JS. The History of the North West of Australia.
West Australian, 22 January 1946.
Western Mail, 24 September 1910.