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Mr William Henry Carpenter


Principal Honours
Birth
Date: 5 April 1863
Place: Stratton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
1886 arrived in Victoria
Parents
Son of Henry Carpenter, carpenter/boilermaker, and Mary Ann Hood
Marriage and Family
Married 3 April 1889, Albert Park, Victoria (Primitive Methodist) to Alice Catherine Ross (born circa 1859), daughter of Bryce and Sarah Higgins
Death
Date: 11 September 1930
Place: Hacking River National Park, Sutherland, New South Wales, Australia
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery, NSW
Cause of Death:
Religion
Not stated
Education
Educated Swindon
Occupation
Boilermaker, businessperson and journalist
Employment History
Apprentice boilermaker, Great Western Railway, Swindon
1886 boilermaker employed on locomotive construction, Phoenix Foundry Co, Ballarat
1891–1896 working foreman Jas March Tin & Co, Gawler, SA
To workshops Fremantle 1903
After leaving federal politics in secretarial and agency business, also journalist
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Party
Labor until 1917 then Nationalist
Date Elected
3 October 1911
Inaugural Speech
Carpenter, William Henry, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
Search for speeches by William Carpenter
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1917
Electorate
Fremantle
Parliamentary Service
State (WA)

Electorates
  • MLA Fremantle, 3 October 1911–29 September 1917
  • Contested West Province 13 May 1908, Fremantle 29 September 1917

State (South Australia)

Electorates
  • MLA Encounter Bay 1896–1902
  • Contested Alexandra 1902

Commissions
  • Chairman of Royal Commission on Old Age Pensions 1898
Commonwealth

Electorates
  • MHR Fremantle 16 December 1903–12 December 1906
  • Contested Fremantle (House of Representatives) 12 December 1906, 13 April 1910
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
1886 arrived in Victoria
1891 to South Australia
Active in Barossa Reform League (land reform)
Member Fremantle Trades Hall Association
President Transcontinental Railway League, and Fremantle ALF District Council
Active church and temperance worker
Went to Melbourne and then Sydney 1930, body found floating in the river
Qualifications
References
JS Battye, ed, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Hussey and Gillingham, Adelaide, 1912-1913, p. 340.
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, 2010, p. 44.
Bulletin,17 June 1931.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Handbook.
J Rydon, A Biographical Register of the Commonwealth Parliament, Australian National University Press, Canberra, 1975.
West Australian, WA 5 October 1911.
Western Clarion, 27 October 1903.
Who’s Who in Australia, 4th ed, Adelaide, 1906???
Further Information
Bibliography

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