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Members’ biographical register

John (William) Horgan

Principal Honours
Date: 15 July 1834
Place: Maroon, Cork, Ireland
Arrival in WA
January 1881 to WA
Son of John, farmer, and Elizabeth Murphy
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 1861, Ireland to Mary Ann Oliff (nee Horan, born circa 1838)
Children: nine sons and three daughters
Widowed 11 August 1889
Married (2) 7 February 1891, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Perth to Mary Ann (Marion) Coffey, daughter of Denis
Date: 8 July 1907
Place: Havelock St, Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: East Perth Cemetery, WA
Cause of Death:
Dr Moynihan’s Collegiate School, Cork
Employment History
Barrister and solicitor
Practised law in Cork, Ireland
From 1890 partner Frederick William Moorhead
1896 partner
Richard William Pennefather
Later partner MG Lavan
Local Government Service
Date Elected
28 May 1888
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech
Inaugural Video
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Perth 28 May 1888 (by-election)–22 January 1889
  • Contested Perth 15 June 1886 (by-election), 22 January 1889
Private Member's Bills
Honorary secretary Cork Law Society
1876 to NSW
With RS Haynes formed Eight Hours Association in 1886
1886 in libel action with
George Leake which cost him 500
Radical opponent of Governor Broome
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. 15.
Further Information
GC Bolton, Alexander Forest, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. 82.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume II, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
E Russell. A history of the law in Western Australia and its development from 1829 to 1979, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, p. 239–240.
CT Stannage, The people of Perth: a social history of Western Australia's capital city, Perth City Council, Perth, 1979, p. 196–205.
Tom Stannage, 'Horgan, John (1834–1907)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1983, accessed online 22 December 2015.
WA Bulletin, 2 June 1888.
Western Mail, 13 July 1907.

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