Arthur Moir

Arthur McAlister Moir (24 December 1900 – 27 April 1984) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1951 to 1971. He served as a minister in the government of Albert Hawke.

Arthur Moir
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
14 September 1951 – 31 March 1962
Preceded byCharlie Oliver
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
In office
31 March 1962 – 23 March 1968
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
In office
23 March 1968 – 20 February 1971
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded byTom Hartrey
Personal details
Born(1900-12-24)24 December 1900
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died27 April 1984(1984-04-27) (aged 83)
Black Rock, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLabor

Moir was born in Perth to Elizabeth (née Mill) and Robert McAlister Moir. He went to school in the country (including at Yarloop and Welbungin), and subsequently worked for periods as a timber miller (at Wellington Mill), wheat farmer (at Bencubbin, and miner (at Kalgoorlie). From 1929 to 1936, Moir served on the Mount Marshall Road Board. He became a union organiser in 1948, working for the Kalgoorlie-Boulder division of the Australian Workers Union (AWU).[1] Moir entered parliament at a 1951 by-election for the seat of Boulder, necessitated by the resignation of another former AWU organiser, Charlie Oliver. He won the by-election unopposed, and throughout his career was only opposed once, at the 1962 state election.[2]

In the Hawke government, Moir was deputy chairman of committees from 1953 to 1956 and then chairman of committees from 1956 to 1957. He entered cabinet in December 1957, replacing Lionel Kelly as Minister for Mines in a reshuffle after the resignation of Ernest Hoar. In November 1958, following the death of Gilbert Fraser, Moir was also made Chief Secretary. He held both positions until the Labor government's defeat at the 1959 state election. Moir left parliament at the 1971 election, and died in Melbourne in April 1984, aged 83. He had married Olive Lockett in 1933, with whom he had four children.[1]


  1. ^ a b Arthur McAlister Moir – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lionel Kelly
Minister for Mines
Succeeded by
Arthur Griffith
Preceded by
Gilbert Fraser
Chief Secretary
Succeeded by
Ross Hutchinson
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Charlie Oliver
Member for Boulder
New seat Member for Boulder-Eyre
New seat Member for Boulder-Dundas
Succeeded by
Tom Hartrey