Clarence Doust

Clarence Isaac Doust (3 August 1885 – 19 April 1961) was an Australian farmer and politician who was an independent member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1936 to 1939, representing the seat of Nelson.

Clarence Doust
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
15 February 1936 – 18 March 1939
Preceded byJack Smith
Succeeded byJack Smith
Personal details
Born(1885-08-03)3 August 1885
Balbarrup, Western Australia, Australia
Died19 April 1961(1961-04-19) (aged 75)
Manjimup, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyIndependent

Doust was born in Balbarrup, Western Australia (near Manjimup), to Mary (née Needes) and Abraham Doust. After leaving school, he was employed as a secretary by the Warren Road Board, as well as having his own farm. Doust enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in August 1916, and served in France with a medical unit. He returned to Australia after the war's end, working for periods as an Agricultural Bank inspector and land valuer before returning to his previous position as road board secretary.[1] Doust was a supporter of the social credit movement (although not associated with its political arm), and was president of the local chapter.[2]

At the 1936 state election, Doust ran for parliament and defeated Jack Smith (a 15-year incumbent) with 57.1 percent of the two-party-preferred vote.[3] After the election, Doust announced that he would give "general support" to the Labor government of Philip Collier, adding to its narrow majority.[4] However, his time in parliament was short-lived, as he placed only third on first preferences at the 1939 state election and had his seat reclaimed by Smith.[3] Doust returned to farming after his defeat, and died in Manjimup in April 1961, aged 75. He had married Agnes Helen Giblett in 1909, with whom he had five children.[1]


  1. ^ a b Clarence Isaac Doust – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ "COUNTRY NEWS.", The West Australian, 7 March 1936.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ "State Politics Provide Sensations", Toodyay Herald, 4 September 1936.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Jack Smith
Member for Nelson
Succeeded by
Jack Smith