Emil Nulsen

Emil Nulsen (9 June 1885 – 3 August 1965) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1932 to 1962. He served as a minister in the governments of John Willcock, Frank Wise, and Albert Hawke.

Emil Nulsen
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
25 June 1932 – 25 March 1950
Preceded byThomas Walker
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
In office
25 March 1950 – 31 March 1962
Preceded byNone (new creation)
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
Personal details
Born(1885-06-09)9 June 1885
Burra, South Australia, Australia
Died3 August 1965(1965-08-03) (aged 80)
Subiaco, Western Australia
Political partyLabor

Early lifeEdit

Nulsen was born in Burra, South Australia, to Emma (née Tudor) and Clement August Nulsen (or Nielsen).[1] His father was an immigrant from Hanover, Germany.[2] Nulsen's family moved to Perth when he was a child, where he attended Christian Brothers' College. After leaving school, he moved to the Murchison, where he worked as a bicycle rider, horseman, and amateur boxer. He later went to the Eastern Goldfields, living at various times in Lawlers (where he was a union representative), Norseman (where he ran a grocery), and Salmon Gums (where he owned a hotel and had a 3000-acre farm). Nulsen served on the Dundas Roads Board, including as chairman from 1929 to 1931.[1]

Politics and later lifeEdit

Nulsen was elected to parliament at a 1932 by-election for the seat of Kanowna, following the death of the sitting member, Thomas Walker.[3] After the 1939 state election, he was made Minister for Justice and Minister for Railways in the Willcock government, replacing Frederick Smith. When Frank Wise succeeded John Willcock as premier in 1945, he retained the justice ministry and was also made Minister for Health, but lost the railways ministry to William Marshall. The Labor government was defeated at the 1947 state election.[1]

At the 1950 election, Nulsen's old seat of Kanowna was abolished, and he transferred to the newly created seat of Eyre, which contained most of his old electorate.[3] When Labor were returned to government at the 1953 election, Nulsen regained his previous portfolios, becoming Minister for Justice and Minister for Health for a second time. He remained a minister until the Hawke government was defeated at the 1959 election, and retired from parliament at the 1962 election. Nulsen died in Perth in 1965, aged 80. Nulsen, a suburb of Esperance, was named after him following his death.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Emil Nulsen – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ "MR. EMIL NULSEN", The Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia), 16 April 1933.
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Thomas Walker
Member for Kanowna
New creation Member for Eyre
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Smith
Arthur Abbott
Minister for Justice
Succeeded by
Ross McDonald
Arthur Watts
Preceded by
Frederick Smith
Minister for Railways
Succeeded by
William Marshall
Preceded by
Alexander Panton
Dame Florence Cardell-Oliver
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
Hubert Parker
Ross Hutchinson