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Hon William Gordon Atkinson


Principal Honours
Birth
Date: 14 April 1941
Place: Geraldton, Western Australia
Arrival in WA
Parents
Son of Harry Leonard Atkinson, shearer and farmer, and Jessie Peden (awarded OAM)
Marriage and Family
Married 20 July 1963, Olwen Margaret Dowie, daughter of James Osmond and Gladys Olwen Sirr
Children: two sons and two daughters
Death
Date: 4 August 1984
Place: Northam Squash Courts, Northam, Western Australia
Cemetery: Dalwallinu Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated at Ballidu and Dalwallinu Primary Schools, Northam Senior High School
Muresk Agriculture College—Dip of Agric with Honours, dux of his year
Occupation
Farmer
Employment History
After leaving school worked with his father and then entered family partnership circa 1962, farming in Dalwallinu area
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Party
Liberal
Member of Liberal Party from 1962, president and secretary Dalwallinu branch
Treasurer O’Connor Division
Delegate to State Council
Date Elected
22 May 1983
Inaugural Speech
Atkinson, William Gordon, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1984
Electorate
Central
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC Central Province 22 May 1983–4 August 1984
  • Contested Central Province 23 March 1980
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
Councillor Royal Agriculture Society
President and later Adult Adviser Junior Farmers Dalwallinu
President Dalwallinu Agricultural Society
President and Display Organiser Midwest Group of Agricultural Societies
Treasurer Dalwallinu Parents and Citizens
President and Captain Dalwallinu Tennis Club and Squash Club (also Secretary and Treasurer of latter)
President Moore District Tennis Zone
Secretary Moore Cricket Club
Committee Dalwallinu Sports Club

Justice of the Peace
Qualifications
Dip Agric (Hons)
References
D Black and G Bolton, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 7
Parliament of Western Australia website: Former Members accessed May 2010.
Further Information