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William Morton Purkiss Sr


Principal Honours
Birth
Date: 1844
Place: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Arrival in WA
To Perth 1894
Parents
Son of William Morton, draper, and Ann Jean Walker
Marriage and Family
Married 1 January 1873, All Saints' Church, Hokitika, New Zealand to Julia Emma Hawkins, daughter of George Frederick (born circa 1852–1853)
Children: three sons and one daughter
Widowed 13 February 1906
Death
Date: 8 August 1906
Place: Perth Hospital, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated Horton College 1860
Occupation
Solicitor
Employment History
Crown Prosecutor, later Crown Solicitor, Westland Province
To Perth 1894 as solicitor
WA Bar 1895
In partnership with RS Haynes
Retired from practice 1905
Appointed Judicial Commissioner NW January 1906
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Party
Liberal
Date Elected
6 December 1901
Inaugural Speech
Purkiss, William Morton, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1904
Electorate
Perth
Parliamentary Service
State

Electorates
  • MLA Perth 6 December 1901 (by-election)–28 June 1904

New Zealand

Electorates
  • Contested Westland (New Zealand)
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
In New Zealand 1867–1894
Qualifications
WA Bar 1895
References
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. 165.
Further Information
West Australian, 7 December 1901, 9 August 1906.
The Western Australia post office directory(1895–1906)
Bibliography

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