Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
William James (Burchell) Butcher
Principal Honours
Birth
Date 24 July 1858 Place Richmond, Tasmania, Australia
Arrival in WA
1877 to WA
Parents
Son of Edward William Burchell, squatter and landowner, and Marcia Susan Schaw
Marriage and Family
Married 5 November 1892 St Mary’s Church, Guildford to Margaret Harriet Brockman (born 1 May 1873 and died circa June 1968), daughter of Robert Thomas and Susan Hines Ridley
Children: three sons and five daughters
Death
Date 24 May 1944Place Nedlands, Western Australia
Cemetery Karrakatta Cemetery, WACause of Death
Religion
Catholic
Education
Educated at a private school, Melbourne, Victoria
Occupation
Farmer
Employment History
Assisted father in establishing Barrington station
1878 took part in exploration for shorter route to port from Lower Gascoyne
Purchased land in region; in partnership with John Brockman purchased Boolathana Station near Carnarvon
1890 became part of Butcher estate
1913 purchased Meeberrie Station
Also owner Nangetty Station, Mingenew
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Party
Independent 1903–1905 then Liberal
Date Elected
24 April 1901
Inaugural Speech
-Butcher, William James (Burchell) Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1917
Electorate
Gascoyne
Parliamentary Service
State

Electorates
  • MLA Gascoyne 24 April 1901–3 October 1911
  • MLA Roebourne 12 November 1915 (by-election)–18 October 1917
  • Contested Gascoyne 3 October 1911

Commonwealth

Electorates
  • Contested Senate 31 May 1913, and 15 September 1914
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
1910–1911 President WA Pastoralists Association
Farmer Beverley area
Justice of the Peace, 1898
Qualifications
References
JS Battye, ed, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Hussey and Gillingham, Adelaide, 1912-1913, p. 356.
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, 2010, p. 43.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume I. A-C, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
Twentieth Century Impressions of Western Australia, PWH Thiel, Perth, 1901, p. 29.
West Australian, 25 May 1944.
Further Information
Bibliography

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