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Hon Henry Briggs


Principal Honours
Knight (Kt) (1916)
Birth
Date: 17 March 1844
Place: Kettering, Northants, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Parents
Son of George, shoemaker, and Sarah Tibbutt
Marriage and Family
Unmarried
Death
Date: 8 June 1919
Place: Fremantle, Western Australia
Cemetery: Fremantle Cemetery, WA
Cause of Death:
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated Kettering National School and St Mark’s College, Chelsea (Queen’s scholar)
Occupation
Teacher
Employment History
Master of College Model Grammar Schools
Lecturer in connection with the science branch of South Kensington Museum
1868–1878 headmaster of Mottram Grammar School
Nominated by board of governors to go to WA to establish Fremantle Grammar school
Became its proprietor after resigning in 1889 to open his own school
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Party
Liberal
Date Elected
30 June 1896
Inaugural Speech
Briggs, Henry, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
Search for speeches by Henry Briggs
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1919
Electorate
West
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC West Province 30 June 1896 (by-election)–8 June 1919
Office
  • President of Legislative Council 21 June 1906–8 June 1919

Committees
  • Chairman of Committees 7 June 1900–20 June 1906
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
1883–1895 secretary Fremantle Chamber of Commerce
1897 member of committee on Technical Education
President of Fremantle branch of Australian Federation League
1897–1898 WA representative at Federal Conventions in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne
1904 examiner for a scheme of commercial qualifications
1910 member Royal Commission on establishment of a university in WA
Trustee WA Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery 1903–1919
1895 Justice of the Peace
Prominent Freemason
Qualifications
References
D Black and G Bolton, eds. Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Vol. 2, 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2010, p. 36
Further Information
Toby Manford, 'Briggs, Sir Henry (1844–1919)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/briggs-sir-henry-5359/text9063, published first in hardcopy 1979, accessed online 14 December 2015.
JS Battye, ed, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Hussey and Gillingham, Adelaide, 1912-1913, p. 324
D Black and G Bolton, eds. Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Vol. 2, 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2010, p. 36
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume I. A-C, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
Government Gazette, 1895, 1593
WB Kimberly, History of West Australia. A narrative of her past, together with biographies of her leading men, FW Niven and Co, Melbourne, 1897, p. 46–47
Twentieth Century Impressions of Western Australia, PWH Thiel, Perth, 1901, p. 23
West Australian, 9 June 1919
Who’s Who in Australia, 4th ed, Adelaide, 1912/13?
Bibliography
Cyclopedia of Western Australia 1912-1913
The Cyclopedia of Western Australia : an historical and commercial review, descriptive and biographical facts figures and illustrations : an epitome of progress. Vol. I