|Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) 1917|
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) 1921
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) 1947
| || Date: 27 April 1866|
Place: Paradise Farm, Dardanup, near Bunbury, Western Australia
Arrival in WA
|Son of William Bedford, estate manager and grazier, and Caroline Morgan |
Marriage and Family
|Married 17 September 1888, Bunbury to Clara Robinson Spencer (born circa August 1864), daughter of William and Hannah Properjohn|
Children: three sons and one daughter
Widowed 13 October 1949
|Date: 26 July 1951|
Place: Rail carriage at Glen Mervyn near Donnybrook, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
|Church of England|
|Bank manager and governor|
|Joined WA Bank 1885, posted to Geraldton 1888|
From 1890 branch manager Northam, also engaged in farming from 1892
Resigned from Bank 1905 (1902)
Lieutenant-Governor 11 July 1933–5 October 1948
Governor 5 October 1948–30 June 1951
Local Government Service
|Liberal until 1917 then National|
|27 October 1905|
|Search for speeches by James Mitchell|
- MLA Northam 27 October 1905–April 1933
- Contested Northam 8 April 1933
- Minister without Portfolio controlling Agriculture 7 May 1906–30 June 1909; for Lands, Agriculture and Industries (from 16 September 1910) 30 June 1909–7 October 1911; for Railways, Water Supply and Industries 25 July 1916–28 June 1917; for Lands and Repatriation 17 April 1919 to 16 April 1924
- Premier and Treasurer 17 May 1919–26 April 1924; 24 April 1930–24 April 1933
- Leader of National Party May 1919 – April 1933
- Leader of the Opposition 1924-30
- Only serving Premier to lose his seat at parliamentary election, 1933
Private Member's Bills
|Justice of the Peace, 1897 and 1917|
Took up land at Glen Mervyn near Donnybrook
Surname given to northern section of Perth’s metropolitan freeway
|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. 140.|
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