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Arthur Lovekin

Date: 12 November 1859
Place: Slough, Bucks (or Sevenoaks Kent), England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To WA 24 February 1886
Migrated to Australia 1879
Son of Reverend Lewis James and Mariann Kenyon
Marriage and Family
Married 26 June 1882, Ballarat, Victoria to Elizabeth Jane Letcher, daughter of John and Margaret Hoskin
Widowed 11 July 1929
Children: two sons and one daughter
Date: 10 December 1931
Place: West Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Educated privately and St Edmond’s School, Canterbury 1871–1875
Journalist and newspaper owner
Employment History
For one year surveyor in Victoria
1880 joined
Melbourne Age as journalist
Moved to
South Australian Register 1883
With T Harry formed a partnership as public shorthand writers 1884(5)–1886
To WA 24 February 1886 as senior reporter on
Fremantle Herald, taken over by Daily News
1890 company secretary and director of
Daily News, 1894 editor and managing director, after 1916 sole owner, sold paper 1926
1896 also launched
Morning Herald, resigned from paper 1900, returned 1901
Date Elected
15 November 1919
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Arthur Lovekin
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Metropolitan Province 15 November 1919 (by-election)–10 December 1931
  • Contested Metropolitan Province 28 May 1897 (by-election)–15 November 1919 (by election)
Strong supporter of conscription and opponent of secession
1893–1931 member of Kings Park Board (Lovekin Drive built largely at his own expense) and of honorary commission which preceded it, chairman from 1918
Chairman Children’s Hospital Board of Management
Helped to establish children’s court, served on bench for nearly 20 years
Through University of Western Australia, Lovekin prize for journalism established 1928
Delegate to second and third conferences of Empire Press Union, Ottawa (1920) and Melbourne (1925)
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. 124.
Further Information
Erickson, Rica. The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume III.
Donald Grant, 'Lovekin, Arthur (1859–1931)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 23 December 2015.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 165.
West Australian, 11 December 1931.