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Members’ biographical register

Henry John Saunders

Principal Honours
Date: 16 February, 1855
Place: Brompton, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived in Western Australian 1884
Son of Thomas Bush, barrister, and Maria Albers (nee Pedder)
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 26 July 1887, Parish Church Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, England to Elizabeth Shenton (born 23 September 1858), daughter of George and Ann Catherine Cousins, sister of Sir George Shenton
Children: one child deceased
Widowed 17 December 1891
Married (2) 8 March 1893, Registry Office, Paddington, London, England to Julia Parthenia Davey (born 20 November 1872 and died 20 November 1930), daughter of Simon
Children: two sons
Date: 13 October 1919
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, WA
Cause of Death:
Church of England
Clifton College, Bristol, studied engineering
Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (MICE)
Employment History
Arrived in Western Australia 1884 and practised as engineer and mining agent in firm of Saunders and Barrett
1895 bought Henley Park station (5,600 acres) near Guildford, also held Leinster pastoral leases of 475,000 acres in East Murchison
Involved as chief engineer in execution of plans for Midland Railway Company
Promoted several goldfields companies including WA Goldfields Company Limited 1894 and headed HJ Saunders and Company
Local Government Service
Perth City Council 1885–1895, Mayor 1895–1897
Free Trade 1903
National 1918
Date Elected
16 July 1894
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service

  • MLC Metropolitan Province 16 July 1894–21 May 1902
  • Contested East Perth 10 December 1890, Metropolitan Province 1902
  • MLC Metropolitan Province 22 May 1918–13 October 1919
  • Senator for WA 20 May 1903 (appointed to fill casual vacancy)–31 December 1903
  • Contested Senate March 1901, 16 December 1903
Private Member's Bills
Justice of the Peace
President Royal Agricultural Society
Member Western Australian Turf Club, Weld Club
Director Colonial Mutual Fire Insurance Company and Canning Race Club Ltd
Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (MICE)
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, 2010, p. 175.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 2 April 2015.
Further Information

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