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Members’ biographical register

John Garrett Bussell Sr

Principal Honours
Date: 16 August 1803
Place: Portsea, Hants, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
With brothers to WA in Warrior March 1830
Son of Reverend William Marchant Bussell, Anglican clergyman, and Frances Louise Yates
Brother of Alfred Pickmore Bussell
Marriage and Family
Married 22 August 1838, England to Charlotte Cookworthy (nee Spicer) (died circa 1901), widow of John Cookworthy, aunt of Joseph Cookworthy
Children: four daughters
Date: 17 September 1875
Place: near Busselton, Western Australia
Cemetery: St Mary's Church, Busselton, WA
Cause of Death:
Church of England
Educated Winchester College, England
Undertook theological studies but was not ordained
Farmer and teacher
Employment History
1830–1834 attempted to establish farm at Augusta
Taught at Bishop Hale’s school, Perth 1864
Local Government Service
Date Elected
4 November 1870
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech was given
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by John Bussell
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Vasse 4 November 1870–3 July 1872
Private Member's Bills
1834 to Cattle Chosen, Vasse district, remaining until death
Town of Busselton named in honour of family to England 1837–1839
Justice of the Peace, 1855
Member Vasse Board of Education 1861
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. 8.
Lorraine's Cemetery Records pages website. Accessed 17 December 2015.
Further Information
Bussell papers, Battye Library, Perth.
Freda Vines Carmody, 'Bussell, John Garrett (1803–1875)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1966, accessed online 17 December 2015. Includes a family tree.
R Erickson, ed
, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume I. A-C, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
A. Hasluck, Portrait with Background, Melbourne 1955.
EOG Shann, Cattle Chosen, London, 1926.

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