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Members’ biographical register


Edmund Birch


Principal Honours
Birth
Date: 1831
Place: England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
To WA with parents March 1841 in Parkfield
Parents
Son of Lewis, surgeon and pharmacist, and Hannah
Marriage and Family
Married 29 May 1856, Wesleyan Church, Perth to Anne Hymus, (born circa 1830 and died 9 May 1909), daughter of Frederick and Phoebe Barrett
Children: seven sons and one daughter
Death
Date: 16 January 1875
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery:
Cause of Death:
Religion
Congregational
Education
Occupation
Pharmacist
Employment History
Apprenticed to George Shenton, pharmacist
Assistant, Colonial Hospital 1852–1855
From 1853 pharmacist and grocer, Perth, in partnership with father and brother
House
MLC
Local Government Service
Perth Road Board chairman 1874–1875
Perth Municipal Council 1863–1875
Party
Date Elected
18 November 1873
Inaugural Speech
Birch, Edmund, First Address-in-Reply.pdf
Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1875
Electorate
Perth
Parliamentary Service
Electorates
  • MLC Perth 18 November 1873 (by-election)–16 January 1875
  • Contested Perth 19 October 1870
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
Vice-president Perth Workingmen’s Association
Chairman Swan Mechanics’ Institute
Founding director 1862–1874, chairman 1874–1875 Perth Building Society
Member Perth Board of Education
Director WA Bank
Member Total Abstinence Association
Volunteer Rifle Corps (captain 1872)
Freemason

Died from injuries caused by a fire
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, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 4.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume I. A-C, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
Inquirer, 20 January 1875.
CT Stannage, The people of Perth: a social history of Western Australia's capital city, Perth City Council, Perth, 1979, pp. 125–127, 187–189.
Further Information
Bibliography

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