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William Dalgety Moore

Principal Honours
Date: 30 August 1834
Place: Oakover, Middle Swan, Western Australia
Arrival in WA
Son of Samuel, farmer, and Dora Mary Jane Dalgety, brother of Samuel Joseph Fortescue
Married (1) 19 July 1860, Old Church, York to Susanna Monger (born circa September 1839), daughter of John Henry and Mary, sister of John Henry and Joseph Taylor
Children: seven sons and five daughters
Widowed 10 August 1876
Married (2) 20 February 1879, Church of England Church, Fremantle to Ann Gallop (born 5 May 1852 and died 24 May 1940), daughter of James and Elizabeth Spencer
Children: one son and five daughters
Marriage and Family
Date: 22 April 1910
Place: Woodside, Canning Road, East Fremantle, Western Australia
Cemetery: Fremantle Cemetery, Fremantle, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Church of England
Explorer and businessperson
Employment History
Employed as clerk in Surveyor General’s (Lands) Department 1849–1852
Managed property on Irwin River for Hamersley family
Accompanied FT Gregory in 1858 on expeditions to North West in partnership with JH Monger as merchant at Dongara and then at Fremantle with JM Ferguson and A Durlacher
1881 Dalgety and Company took over shipping interest
Retained merchandising with branches in North West
Circa 1876 founded Phoenix Flour Mill at Fremantle
Director of Western Australian Bank
Owner North West Australia Mercantile Company, engaged in pearling on North West coast 1877–1887
Owner Cheriton station, Gingin
Quindalup jarrah mill
Pastoral leases in North-West
Circa 1898–1900 owner Osborne Hotel, Claremont
Built ‘Woodside’ Mansion in East Fremantle
Retired 1900
Local Government Service
Date Elected
24 December 1890
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Fremantle 21 October 1870–May 1872
  • Nominated MLC 24 December 1890–June 1894
Private Member's Bills
Black, David and Geoffrey Bolton. Biographical register of members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, p. 145.
Further Information
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol 1, p. 684–85.
Burke. Genealogical and Heraldic History of Colonial Gentry Vol 2, p. 487.
Erickson, Rica. The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume III.
John K. Ewers, 'Moore, William Dalgety (1835–1910)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1974, accessed online 23 December 2015. Includes family tree.
Kimberly, WB. History of West Australia. A Narrative of her Past, together with biographies of her leading men, p. 83–84.