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Gordon Edgar Masters

Principal Honours
Queen’s Silver Jubilee medal awarded 1977
Centenary Medal awarded 1 January 2001 for service to state parliament and to local government
Date: 30 August 1931
Place: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA 1962
Son of Edgar John Masters, contractor and farmer, and Winnifred (sic?) Batchelor
Marriage and Family
Married 16 February 1952, Parish Church, Berkhamstead St Peter, Hertfordshire, England to Rita Mary Porter, daughter of Reuben Porter and Ettie Clare Gilliland
Children: two sons
Church of England
Educated Berkhamsted Public School to matriculation level and Agricultural College, Oaklands
Farmer and businessperson
Employment History
Entered family farming business at Hemel Hempstead which he later managed until acquiring own farm in 1956
Purchased plant hire earth-moving and contracting business, Masters Contracting Co
Diversified into beef farming in South-West of WA
Company director
After leaving Parliament pursued investing and business interests
Local Government Service
Kalamunda Shire Council May 1969–May 1973
Shire President 1971–1973
Member local branch
Date Elected
22 May 1974
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC West Province 22 May 1974–21 May 1989

  • Government Whip in Legislative Council 1977–1980
  • Minister for Fisheries and Wildlife, Conservation and the Environment 5 March 1980–25 January 1982; for Labour, Industry and Immigration 25 January 1982–25 February 1983
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council 30 June 1984–May 1989
  • Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and Administrative Services (from 13 March 1984) March 1983–19 March 1986; for Housing, Works, Fisheries, Environment, Racing and Gaming 19 March 1986–December 1986; Works and Services, Racing and Gaming and Fisheries December 1986–26 April 1988; for Works and Services, Corrective Services and Consumer Affairs 26 April 1988–7 March 1989

  • Member Joint House Committee 1977–1980
Holder of private pilot’s licence
Member of Parish Council in United Kingdom and of Gadebourne Lodge
Member Kalamunda Apex Club
Former hon member Kalamunda and Mundaring Rotary Clubs
Represented Hertfordshire in junior cross country running, represented school at boxing and athletics
Keen yachtsman (former member Fremantle Sailing Club), golfer (member Royal Perth Golf Club) and fisherman
Previously actively involved in rugby (founding secretary Camelot Rugby Club in UK, founding patron Kalamunda Rugby Club), boxing and athletics
Member committee Kalamunda Bowling Club
Patron of numerous sporting clubs
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. 177.
West Australian 1 April 1974.
Who's Who in Australia (1983)