Harry Fletcher (politician)

Harry Arthur Fletcher (28 May 1910 – 17 October 1990) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1959 to 1977, representing the seat of Fremantle.

Harry Fletcher
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
21 March 1959 – 19 February 1977
Preceded byJoseph Sleeman
Succeeded byJohn Troy
ConstituencyFremantle
Personal details
Born(1910-05-28)28 May 1910
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died17 October 1990(1990-10-17) (aged 80)
Hilton, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLabor

Fletcher was born in Melbourne, but moved to Perth with his parents as an infant. After leaving school, he worked a variety of odd jobs, and travelled around the state, spending time in the Goldfields, the Mid West (in Meekatharra), and the Kimberley (on Koolan Island). Fletcher enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in July 1941, and during the war served on HMAS Bungaree and HMAS Paterson as an engine room artificer. He returned to Perth after the war's end, initially working as a fitter at the Midland Railway Workshops, and then later at the East Perth and South Fremantle Power Stations.[1] A shop steward for the Amalgamated Engineering Union and a long-time member of the Labor Party, Fletcher was elected to parliament at the 1959 state election, replacing the retiring Joseph Sleeman.[2] He served as deputy chairman of committees from 1972 to 1973, in the government of John Tonkin, and retired at the 1977 election.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Harry Arthur Fletcher – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 21 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.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Joseph Sleeman
Member for Fremantle
1959–1977
Succeeded by
John Troy