| || Date: 27 October 1841|
Place: St Just in Penwith, Penzance, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
|To WA 1888|
|Son of Richard, agricultural labourer/yeoman, and Diana Jeffery |
Marriage and Family
|Married (1) 7 January 1869, Parish Church, Stoke Damerel, Devon, England to Mary Elizabeth Trevelick, daughter of Richard|
Children: one daughter
Married (2) 27 November 1886, Parish Church, Falmouth, Cornwall, England to Eliza Godolphin Merritt (born circa 1862 and died 2 February 1911) daughter of Sampson, coal works manager
Children: two sons and three daughters
Widowed 2 February 1911
|Date: 25 April 1911|
Place: Mounts Bay Road, Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
|Church of England|
|Studied at night school|
|Began work in Hill Owles tin and copper mine in Cornwall in 1853 at age 11 years|
Became mine manager 1869
To Victoria 1884, mined at Bendigo
1885–1888 managed tin mine at Eurowrie, New South Wales
1890 manager Fraser’s South Mine at Southern Cross, first mine in WA to declare dividend
Local Government Service
|Mayor of Southern Cross 1895–1896|
|4 May 1897|
|Search for speeches by William Oats|
- MLA Yilgarn 4 May 1897–24 May 1904
- MLC South Province 30 May 1904–21 May 1910
Private Member's Bills
|To WA 1888, may have returned to Bendigo for a time|
Justice of the Peace, 1894
Moved to Perth 1896, built house in Mounts Bay Road
Circa 1904 bought Economic Stores, Perth
|Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 153.|
Erikson, Rica. The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume III.
Kimberly WB. History of West Australia, p. 101–102.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 4 March 2015. http://www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/details.php?id=KB00010471
Raeside, J. Golden Days, p. 119.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 34, 333.
Western Mail, 29 April 1911.