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Members’ biographical register

Philip Collier

Principal Honours
Date: 21 April 1873
Place: Woodstock near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Arrival in WA
1904 to WA
Son of Philip, farmer and Catherine Bourke
Marriage and Family
Married 27 June 1900, Northcote, Victoria to Ellen Heagney, daughter of Edward and Catherine Dunaford
Children: two sons and two daughters
Date: 18 October 1948
Place: Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Karrakatta, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Educated locally, left school at 16 years
Union official
Employment History
Mining in Victoria (Steiglitz near Ballarat) and NSW
Construction foreman, Greater Melbourne Sewage Co. at Northcote
1904-1905 mine worker Perseverance Goldmining Company
Local Government Service
In Victoria founding secretary Northcote Political Labor Council branch
Acted as campaign director for State and Federation election candidates
Date Elected
27 October 1905
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Philip Collier
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Boulder 27 October 1905–18 October 1948

  • Minister for Mines 7 October 1911–17 July 1916
  • Minister for Railways 7 October 1911–23 November 1914; for Water Supplies 23 November 1914–17 July 1916
  • Leader of Opposition 9 May 1917–17 April 1924 and 23 April 1930–24 April 1933
  • Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Forests 17 April 1924–23 April 1930, 24 April 1933–19 August 1936 (resigned leadership 16 August 1936)

Historical Notes
  • Father of the House March 1939–October 1948
  • Served longest terms ever as Australian Labor Party parliamentary leader (19 years) and ALP Premier (nine years)
Private Member's Bills
Phillip on birth certificate
Member Boulder branch Amalgamated Workers’ Association
1905 Vice-president Goldfields TLC
1921 delegate All-Australia Trades Union Conference, Melbourne
1931 trustee, Amalgamated Sawmill Employees’ Union of Workers (Coastal District)
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. 50.
Metropolitan Cemetery Board website Accessed 18 August 2016.
Further Information
The Australian Encyclopaedia (1958)
Battye I, 320.
David Black, 'Collier, Philip (1873–1948)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 17 December 2015.
Courtney, 52.
Crowley, 215, 227–32, 269–71, 274
West Australian, 19, 27 October 1948
Westralian Worker, 29 October 1948
Who's Who in Australia (1927–28–1947)

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