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Alfred Edward Morgans

Principal Honours
Date: 17 February 1850
Place: Ochr Churith Machen Lower, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived in WA 1896
Son of Morgan Morgan, mine and civil engineer, and Mary Ann Tucker
Marriage and Family
Married 19 March 1872, Independent Chapel, Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire, England to Fanny Ridler, daughter of James
Children: three sons and one daughter
Date: 10 August 1933
Place: South Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Church of England
Educated at private schools and schools of mines
Engineer and consul
Employment History
Apprenticed at Ebbw Vale as mechanical engineer
Worked in various regions of Britain as mechanical engineer specialising in iron and coal mining
Sent to Mexico circa 1878 to supervise gold and silver mines in Central America especially Guatemala and Nicaragua, representing British investment in mining and railways
Arrived in WA 1896 to inspect mining properties for London capitalists, became local managing director and attorney for several financial corporations especially Westralia Mt Morgans Gold Mining Company
Developed Mt Morgans field and township, copper smelting plant and several other gold and asbestos enterprises
Owner of Salisbury Famous Bule and other mines
Owned grazing property in Porongurups
Consul for Austria–Hungary 1910–1917, vice consul for Spain 1915, consular agent for USA 29 April 1921–31 December 1930 (acting from 1918)
Local Government Service
North Fremantle Municipal Council 1918–1920
Date Elected
4 May 1897
Inaugural Speech
Morgans, Alfred Edward, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Alfred Morgans
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLA Coolgardie 4 May 1897–28 June 1904
  • Premier and Colonial Treasurer 21 November–23 December 1901
Private Member's Bills
President committee administering Perth Zoological Gardens 1921–1929
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. 146-147.
Further Information
G. C. Bolton, 'Morgans, Alfred Edward (1850–1933)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 24 December 2015.
Erickson, Rica. Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914, Vol 5, The Golden Years 1889-1914, p. 5.
Kimberly, WB. History of West Australia. A Narrative of her Past, together with biographies of her leading men, p. 218–20.
Raeside J. Golden Days, p. 88–90.
Reid, GS and MR Oliver, The premiers of Western Australia 1890-1982.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 33.
West Australian, 12 August 1923.