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Members’ biographical register

Kenneth Finlay McIver

Principal Honours
Date: 26 October 1928
Place: Fermoy Hospital, Northam, Western Australia
Arrival in WA
Son of Fenley Frederick McIver, Main Roads employee and farmer, and Clarice Winifred Foote
Marriage and Family
Married 23 January 1954, Church of the Perth Society of the New Church, Perth to Joan
Mary Dowling, daughter of John James and Ellen Burns Pedlar

Children: two sons and one daughter
Date: 27 September 1988
Place: Northam, Western Australia
Cemetery: Northam Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Church of England
Educated Northam Primary School and Northam High School
Engine driver
Employment History
Joined Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR) as trainee engineman 1942
Qualified locomotive driver 1944 then served as engine driver with WAGR until 1968 except during absence at Korean War, 1st class driver for 14 years
Enlisted 10 February 1951

Served with 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Korea and Japan during Korean War—Private
Received Presidential citation
Discharged 9 December 1953
Local Government Service
Northam Town Council 1965–November 1968
President Northam branch of Australian Labor Party for 21 years
Date Elected
23 March 1968
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Kenneth McIver
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Northam 23 March 1968–30 March 1974; Avon 30 March 1974–8 February 1986
  • Contested Avon 8 February 1986

  • Opposition spokesman Transport April 1977–September 1981; for Transport and Tourism September 1981–February 1983
  • Minister for Works, Lands and Surveys 25 February 1983–26 February 1986

  • Member Standing Orders Committee 1971–1974

Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar
  • Attended Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar, Westminster, United Kingdom, 1972
Private Member's Bills
Life member Locomotive Drivers Union
Country vice-president Return Services League of Australia
Chairman Central West Regional Development Advisory Committee
Chairman of directors Centurion Industries Ltd
Director Wapac Ltd
Chairman Pastoral Board from 1986
Chairman Avon Legacy Committee
Member Northam Cottage Homes Committee
Chairman Northam Slow Learning Children’s Committee and vice-president WA Association
Patron of several sporting clubs
Member Workers Club (Northam and Wundowie) and Northam Bowling Club
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. 160.
Who's Who in Australia (1977)
West Australian, 28 September 1988.
Further Information
Verbatim transcript of an interview with Joan McIver