Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia



Member Name
Edward Bertram Johnston
Principal Honours
Birth
Date 11 January 1880 Place Geraldton, Western Australia
Arrival in WA
Parents
Son of Harry Frederick, Surveyor–General, and Maria Louisa (Minnie) Butcher and nephew of William James Butcher
Marriage and Family
Married 18 February 1931, St Paul’s Church, Harvey to Hildelith Olymphe King-Lethbridge (born circa 1908), daughter of Edwin Abbott, grazier, and Irene Kate Heppingstone
Children: three daughters
Death
Date 6 September 1942Place Drowned at Black Rock, Victoria, Australia
Cemetery Guildford Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Religion
Church of England
Education
Educated High School, Perth
Occupation
Farmer
Employment History
Clerk in Lands and Surveys Department 1895–1909
From 1903 Government Land Agent at Wagin, 1904 at Narrogin
1909 resigned from Department, went to Kalgoorlie
Became wheat and sheep farmer near Narrogin
House
MLA
Local Government Service
Party
Labor to December 1915
Independent 1915–1917
Country Party from June 1917
Date Elected
3 October 1911
Inaugural Speech
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Inaugural Video
Speeches
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
1928
Electorate
Williams
Parliamentary Service
State

Electorates
  • MLA Williams Narrogin 3 October 1911–3 October 1928. Resigned 18 December 1915, re-elected 8 January 1916

Office
  • Speaker 13 February–1 March 1917 (resigned)
  • Deputy Leader Country Party 1923–1928

Commonwealth
  • Senator WA 1 July 1929 (elected 17 November 1928)–6 September 1942
Private Member's Bills
Background/Membership
Honorary secretary Esperance Land and Railway League 1909–1911
Vice-chairman, then president, Narrogin Australian Natives Association
Substantial investor in hotel properties and real estate
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. 108.
Further Information
JS Battye, ed, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Hussey and Gillingham, Adelaide, 1912-1913, p. 345.
G. C. Bolton, 'Johnston, Edward Bertram (1880–1942)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/johnston-edward-bertram-6860/text11883, published first in hardcopy 1983, accessed online 22 December 2015.
Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914, Vol 5, The Golden Years 1889-1914, compiled by Rica Erickson, Nedlands: University of Wester Australia Press, 1986
Wilson, J. Graham. Western Australia's centenary 1829-1929 : first century's progress with antecedent records 1527-1828, p. 197.
FD Johnston,
Knights and Theodolites, Sydney, 1962.
Melbourne Herald, 4 June 1942.
West Australian, 1 December 1917, 7 September 1942.
Bibliography

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