Edmund Hall (Australian politician)

Edmund Henry Hartley Hall (13 August 1878 – 28 July 1965) was an Australian politician who represented the Western Australian Legislative Council district of Central Province from 1928 until 1947, and the Legislative Assembly seat of Geraldton from 1947 until 1950. He was a member of the Country Party.[1]

Edmund Hall
ConstituencyCentral Province (1928–1947)
Geraldton (1947–1950)
Personal details
Born13 August 1878
Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia
Died28 July 1965
Applecross, Western Australia
Political partyCountry Party
Spouse(s)Catherine Forster
ProfessionStorekeeper and area agent

BiographyEdit

Born to Edward Hall, a labour, baker and contractor, and Ellen (née Craggs) in the port city of Geraldton, Western Australia, Hall was educated locally before gaining employment at the post office, where he worked in various locations over 20 years. By 1911, he was the postmaster at Laverton, and on 20 April 1916, he married Catherine Forster at St Andrew's Church, Subiaco, with whom he was to have one son and four daughters.

On 5 August 1918, he enlisted and was appointed Second Lieutenant with the First Australian Imperial Force, on account of his 7 years' earlier service with the Rifles in Geraldton. He was assigned to the Australian Light Horse Regiment, and reported to Blackboy Hill, but did not leave Australia and was discharged on 1 December 1918. He then continued his career with the postal service, then became a storekeeper and agent in Geraldton. On 24 November 1920, he was elected to Geraldton Municipal Council, and served eight years as a councillor.

In May 1928, he contested one of the three Legislative Council seats in Central Province, which had historically been Labor-held, and won it. He went on to sit in the Council for 19 years, serving on select committees into the Hire Purchase Act, the distribution of funds provided by the Commonwealth to aid wheat growers, and the care and reform of juvenile delinquents.

He resigned his seat before the 1947 Assembly election to contest the seat of Geraldton, following the retirement from politics of the former Labor Premier, John Willcock, who had held the seat for 30 years. Hall won the seat by 11 votes against Bill Sewell, and served a single term before being defeated by Sewell at the 1950 election.

On 4 July 1950, his wife Catherine died. Little is known of his later life, and he died on 28 July 1965 at Martindale Hospital in the Perth suburb of Applecross, and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Black, David; Bolton, Geoffrey (2001). Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Volume Two, 1930-1990 (Revised ed.). Parliament House: Parliament of Western Australia. ISBN 0731697839.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
James Hickey
Member for Central Province
1928–1947
Succeeded by
Les Logan
Preceded by
John Willcock
Member for Geraldton
1947–1950
Succeeded by
Bill Sewell