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Frederick Richard Hugh Lavery

Date: 13 February 1898
Place: Coolgardie, Western Australia
Son of William Hugh George Lavery, farmer, and Mary Wilhamena Frances de Landgrafft
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 15 April 1925, District Registry Office, Fremantle to Nora Dorothy Newbold, daughter of Robert Shaw and Elizabeth Parker
Children: two sons
Widowed 1 July 1958
Married (2) 14 May 1966, St Peter’s Church (Roman Catholic), Bedford to
Ruby Florence Hutchison (nee Herbert), politician, daughter of John George and Florence Louise Atherton
No children
Date: 12 January 1971
Place: St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia
Cemetery: Fremantle Cemetery, Western Australia
Church of England
Educated Southern Cross State School, Fremantle Boys School
Union official
Employment History
Contractor at Ballidu at time of first marriage in 1925
Bus driver and motor driver living in South Fremantle
On transport staff of Commonwealth Oil Refineries
For 24 years executive officer Road Transport Union
Delegate for 30 years to Fremantle District Council
Date Elected
22 May 1952
Inaugural Speech
Lavery, Frederick Richard Hugh, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Frederick Lavery
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC West Province 22 May 1952–21 May 1965; South Metropolitan Province 22 May 1965–12 January 1971

  • Deputy Chairman of Committees 1963–1971
  • Member Library Committee 1953–1958
  • Member Joint House Committee 1962–1968
  • Member Select Committee on the Firearms and Guns Act Amendment Bill 1953
  • Member Select Committee on the Provisions of the Metropolitan (Perth) Passenger Transport Trust Bill 1957

Royal Commissions
  • Member Hon Royal Commission inquiring into the Retailing of Motor Spirits and Accessories 1955–1957

Historical Notes
  • Following his marriage to Ruby Hutchison on 14 May 1966 he became the first man to serve with his wife in any Australian parliament
Member of union since 1920, passenger representative for nine years and treasurer for 14 years, life member 1969
Trustee and member executive committee Fremantle Elderly People’s Social Centre
Treasurer WA Epilepsy Association
Hon member WA Muscular Dystrophy Association
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. 146-147.
Daily News, 12 February 1969.
West Australian, 13 January 1971.