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George Randell

Principal Honours
Date: 5 October 1830
Place: Milton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 27 July 1850 on Sophie
Son of James, cordwainer and trader, and Jane and stepfather of Sir Walter James
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 8 April 1850, Baptist Chapel, Symington, Southampton, England to Jane Hyde (born circa September 1830), daughter of Joseph
Children: six sons
Widowed: 17 March 1868 (wife died of concussion)
Married (2) 14 October 1869, Trinity Church, Perth to Mary Louisa Smith (born circa December 1845), daughter of Thomas and Sarah Strickland
Children: one son and two daughters
Widowed 24 August 1874
Married (3) 26 January 1881, The Church Fremantle (Church of England) to Lucy James (nee Francisco) (born circa July 1839), widow of Edward Senior whom she married in 1860 and who died in 1880, daughter of Alexander and Charlotte
Children: one daughter
Widowed 24 January 1897

Ancestor of Liza Harvey, MLA Scarborough
Date: 2 June 1915
Place: Havelock Street, Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Educated National School, Milton
Learnt blacksmithing and engineering
Employment History
Worked as carpenter and engineer, also produce merchant
1860 founded Perth–Fremantle paddle steamer service with Enchantress (later as Randell and Knight and Company)
Sold out in 1876 in face of prospective railway competition
Resumed business 1887–1894 then firm sold to Swan River Shipping Company
Local Government Service
Perth Municipal Council chairman 1874
1884 Mayor of Perth
Contested mayoralty 1892
Forrest Party after 1895
Date Elected
29 November 1890
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Perth 25 January 1875 (by-election)–1 May 1878 (resigned)
  • Nominated MLC 5 July 1880–21 October 1890
  • MLA Moore 29 November 1890–4 July 1892 (resigned)
  • Nominated MLC 17 July 1893– circa June 1894
  • MLA Perth 15 June 1894–5 May 1897
  • MLC Metropolitan Province 28 May 1897 (by-election)–21 May 1910

  • Leader of the Opposition September 1894–July 1895
  • Colonial Secretary and Minister for Education 28 April 1898–27 May 1901

  • Chairman of Committees, Legislative Assembly 20 January 1891–4 July 1892
Living in Milton at time of first marriage
Member Central Board of Education 1871 and 1880–1893
For 26 years treasurer local branch British and Foreign Bible Society
Campaigned successfully 1876 for Perth High School
Retired to England 1878 for two years
1893 chairman Railway Commission
1895(6?) president Perth Chamber of Commerce
1904 trustee University Endowment Act
Held numerous offices in Congregational Church over 50 years
Local chairman of directors AMP Society
Director of WA Bank
Vice chairman Perth Hospital Board 1901–1903
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.
Further Information
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol 1, p. 337–38.
G. C. Bolton, 'Randell, George (1830–1915)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1976, accessed online 11 January 2016.
Rica Erickson, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Vol. IV.
Kimberly, WB. History of West Australia. A Narrative of her Past, together with biographies of her leading men, p. 47–48.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 26.
West Australian, 3 June 1915.