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John Michael Drew


Principal Honours
Birth
Date: 17 October 1865
Place: Wanerenooka, near Northampton, Western Australia
Arrival in WA
Parents
Cornelius, farmer, and Mary Gavin
Marriage and Family
Married 19 February 1895, Geraldton to Mary Frances Comerford (born 19 May 1869), daughter of Martin and Ellen Jones
Children: two sons and one daughter
Widowed 31 July 1942
Death
Date: 17 July 1947
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Religion
Catholic
Education
Left school at 15 years old
Learnt journalism at Fremantle 1885
Occupation
Journalist
Employment History
Telegraphist for two years
Then employed by Gale, Monger and Company, Geraldton
Taught two years Northampton Assisted School
Contributor to
Catholic Record (later Western Australian Record)
1887–1889 sub-editor for
Western Australian Record, Fremantle
1890 started vineyard and orchard at Northampton
Secretary and manager
Victoria Express (later Geraldton Express), editor from 1892 to 1905, owner from 1912
Director WA Provincial Cooperative Press Limited
For many years regular contributor to
Sydney Bulletin
Wrote
Early Northampton, An Undenominational Church, Journal of Royal Historical Society of Western Australia II, xi, 30 (1932)
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Party
Independent
Labor
Joined Australian Labor Party 1910
Date Elected
22 May 1900
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1947
Electorate
Central
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC Central Province 3 May 1900–21 May 1918, 22 May 1924–17 July 1947
  • Contested Central Province 11 May 1918

Office
  • Served in Labor ministry 1904–1905
  • Minister for Lands 10 August 1904–7 June 1905
  • Colonial Secretary and Minister for Agriculture 7 June–5 August 1905
  • Colonial Secretary 7 October 1911–27 July 1916
  • Chief Secretary Minister for Education, Health and the North-West 16 April 1924–23 April 1930
  • Chief Secretary 24 April 1933–1927 August 1936
  • Leader Labor Party in Legislative Council 1910–1936
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
Strongly anti-federationist 1899, backed conscription 1916
Member Holy Name Society
1925–1944 member Senate University of Western Australia
Qualifications
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, p. 67.
Further Information
Mary Albertus Bain, 'Drew, John Michael (1865–1947)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/drew-john-michael-6018/text10283, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 17 December 2015.
Battye I, 322
BDWA II
Twentieth Century Impressions, 23.
West Australian, 18 July 1947.