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Mr Earl Douglas Cash

Date: 15 July 1919
Place: Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada
Arrival in WA
Arrived in Western Australia 13 December 1930. Came to Australia on SS Niagara
Son of Walter Gurnet (George) Cash and Sarah Cecile Elizabeth Dean
Marriage and Family
Married 11 May 1946, St George's Cathedral, Perth to Margaret Joan Moore, daughter of Arthur Edwin and Lucie Colley McKenzie
Children: two daughters
Date: 15 February 2002
Place: Joondalup Health Campus, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Educated in Canada until 1922, and then at primary schools in New South Wales (1923–1928), South Australia (1928–1930) and Victoria (1930)
Perth Boys School 1931–1933
Perth Technical College 1933–1934
University of Western Australia 1964–1966
Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT later Curtin University of Technology 1975)—BA (politics major) 1966
Graduate Diploma in Library Studies, Association Library Association of Australia
Commonwealth public servant
Postmaster General, 1934–1946 working in Perth, Coolgardie, Norseman and Kalgoorlie
Businessperson and librarian
Employment History
Enlisted 28th Battalion, Australian Military Forces 1940
Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force 13 January 1941
Flight Sergeant, served South West Pacific 27 April 1945–1 April 1946
Discharged 4 April 1946
On Royal Australian Airforce Active Reserve until 1955, then transferred to General Reserve
Business proprietor—newsagent 1946–1967, city shop expanded to include The Chocolate Box and Cash’s for Cards, and then card and gift shop in Morley from 1967
Research officer Liberal Party (WA Division) 1971–1974
Special Collections Librarian Darwin Community College 1976–1978
Librarian Northern Territory Department of Law 1978–December 1982 when retired and returned to Perth
LCL then Liberal
Member since 1950
Secretary and President of the Belmont and Yokine branches during 1960s
Delegate to Stirling Division Council and State Conference
Date Elected
23 March 1968
Inaugural Speech
Cash, Earl Douglas, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Earl Cash
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service

  • Member of the Legislative Assembly for the seat of Mirrabooka 23 March 1968–20 February 1971
  • Contested Mirrabooka 20 February 1971


  • Member of the House of Representatives for Stirling 22 November 1958–9 December 1961
  • Contested Stirling 9 December 1961, 30 November 1963 and 26 November 1966
Member Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union 1937–1946
Chairman Council Royal Commonwealth Society (WA) and Joint Council of Commonwealth Society (WA) 1963–1964
Member Standing and Statutes Committee, University of Western Australia Convocation 1973–1975
Justice of the Peace, 1963–1979
Active in Rotary, Probus and Freemasonry (Past Master Adastral Lodge)
Awarded Paul Harris fellowship by Rotary Club of Carine in 2000 for establishing four Probus clubs in northern suburbs
Awarded City of Stirling Certificate of Appreciation for Community work
Founding patron Yokine Bowling Club and member since 1959
Patron of League of WA Wheelmen 1960–1976
Member Returned Services League and Air Force Association
From early 1930s active in cycling, football (umpired amateur league), horse racing and trotting

Wrote first volume of his own life history
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. 40.
Daily News, 25 November 1963.
West Australian, 25 March 1968, 18 March 2002.
Western Australian Parliamentary Debates, 19 February 2002, pp. 7477–7478.
Who's Who in Australia, Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne, Australia, 1983?