Arthur Marshall (Australian politician)

Arthur Dix Marshall OAM (5 August 1934 – 7 June 2018)[1][2] was an Australian politician and sportsman from Western Australia.

Arthur Marshall
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Dawesville
In office
14 December 1996 – 26 February 2005
Preceded byNew creation
Succeeded byKim Hames
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for Murray
In office
6 February 1993 – 14 December 1996
Preceded byKeith Read
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born(1934-08-05)5 August 1934
East Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Died7 June 2018(2018-06-07) (aged 83)
Political partyLiberal Party
ChildrenDixie Marshall
Scott Marshall & Clark Marshall
OccupationTennis professional


Marshall was born in East Fremantle and was educated at Wesley College, Perth. He is the father of Dixie Marshall, a local television newsreader.[3]

Sporting careerEdit

Marshall played Australian rules football for East Fremantle Football Club in the Western Australian National Football League (WANFL). Between 1954 and 1961 played 20 league for East Fremantle.[4]

In 1955 and 1956 he entered the Wimbledon Championships, losing in the first and third rounds respectively.

In later life Marshall served as a football commentator with the Seven Network, and established the Arthur Marshall Tennis Academy in 1958.


Marshall first contested a seat at the 1990 Fremantle state by-election as a Liberal candidate. He achieved 35.70% of the vote against Labor candidate Jim McGinty's 33.75%, but lost after the distribution of preferences.[5] He won the seat of Murray in the 1993 election, succeeding Keith Read. A redistribution in 1994 saw the seat abolished and he was elected to the new seat of Dawesville at the 1996 election.[6] He was re-elected in 2001 and retired at the 2005 election.

Marshall was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2006 Australia Day Honours for "service to the community through fundraising for a range of not-for-profit organisations, to sport, and to the Parliament of Western Australia".[7]


  1. ^ "Mr Arthur Dix Marshall MLA". Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Tributes from both sides of politics for Arthur Marshall | Community News Group". Community News Group. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ "WA election 2005 - Retiring MP's". ABC News online. 16 February 2005. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2008.
  4. ^ "Footballers in the House" (PDF). Parliament of Western Australia. May 2007. p. 2. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  5. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics, Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth: Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. p. 102. ISBN 0-7309-8409-5.
  6. ^ "1996 election results from Dawesville" (PDF). WA Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 September 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  7. ^ "MARSHALL, Arthur Dix". Retrieved 21 June 2018.

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