|Shelf Location: MP/CHA 2010|
Interviewer: Ron Chapman
Eric James Charlton, born in Cunderdin on 17 March 1938. He joined the Country Party in 1964. There was a split in 1975 and he joined the reconstituted National Party of Western Australia and in 1984 contested for the seat of Central Province and was elected as the Member of Legislative Council. In 1993, Charlton was appointed as Minister for Transport. He left Parliament in 1998. In June 2006, Eric Charlton was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the WA Parliament, particularly through the reformation of the transport system and contributions to the Roadwise project.
"Eric James Charlton discusses his political career in the Country Party and National Party of Western Australia and his accomplishments as the Transport Minister which culminated in him being awarded the Medal of the Order of the Australia. He talks about his family history, his childhood, his life at boarding school at Aquinas College and his strong interest in football which resulted in him being involved with Tammin Football Club's committee. He talks about leaving school at 15 to work on the farm. He talks about marrying his wife, Evette Monk, their children and grandchildren."