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Richard Septimus Haynes

Principal Honours
Date: 14 August 1857
Place: Picton, New South Wales, Australia
Arrival in WA
To WA 1885
Son of John Joseph, teacher and civil servant, and Margaret Daly
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 27 December 1881, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, NSW to Marion Adelaide Goodwin (born 11 September 1863), daughter of Australia Jubilee and Catherine McCarthy
Children: five sons and six daughters
Widowed 16 June 1905
Married (2) 6 October 1908, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, NSW to Anastasia D’Arcy (born c 1868), daughter of John and Johanna O’Neill
No children
Date: 20 February 1922
Place: Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
Cause of Death:
Educated privately at Morpeth, then Sydney Grammar School, NSW
Lawyer and consul
Employment History
Articled 1873 Sydney then Armidale
1880 NSW Bar
To WA 1885 to represent Anthony Hordern in Great Southern Land Co.
Legal firm in St George’s Tce
Kings Counsel 1902
Local Government Service
Perth City Council 1886–1889, 1891–1894
Mayor North Perth 1901
Formed and chairman Municipal Association
Independent in 1904
Date Elected
27 July 1896
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Richard Haynes
Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Central Province 27 July 1896–21 May 1902
  • Contested West Perth 10 December 1890, 14 June 1894, Central Province 12 May 1902, North Perth 28 June 1904, Metropolitan Province 13 May 1908
Private Member's Bills
With John Horgan (qv) formed Eight Hours Association
Chairman Perth Board of Health 1886–1889
Organiser and chairman Central Reform League
By 1908 Consul for Norway
Vice-president football, cricket clubs, amateur theatricals in 1880s
Articles 1873, NSW Bar 1880
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. 94.
Further Information
JS Battye, ed, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Hussey and Gillingham, Adelaide, 1912-1913, p. 593.
R Erickson, The bicentennial dictionary of Western AustraliansII
WB Kimberly, History of West Australia. A narrative of her past, together with biographies of her leading men, FW Niven and Co, Melbourne, 1897, p. 18–19.
Tom Stannage, 'Haynes, Richard Septimus (1857–1922)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1983, accessed online 22 December 2015.
Twentieth Century Impressions, p. 24–25.
West Australian, 21 February 1922.
Who's Who in Australia (1912 and 1913)