Harry Gayfer

Harry Walter Gayfer (born 12 August 1925) is a former Australian politician who served in both houses of the Parliament of Western Australia. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1962 to 1974, and then a member of the Legislative Council from 1974 to 1989.

Harry Gayfer

Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
13 March 1962 – 30 March 1974
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded byKen McIver
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
22 May 1974 – 21 May 1989
Preceded byLeslie Diver
Succeeded byNone (seat abolished)
ConstituencyCentral Province
Personal details
Born (1925-08-12) 12 August 1925 (age 95)
Kensington, London, England
Political partyNational[a]

Gayfer was born in London, England, but moved to Western Australia as an infant. He attended Scotch College, Perth, and was the school's head prefect in 1942. After leaving school, Gayfer began farming at Corrigin, in Western Australia's Wheatbelt region. He was elected to the Corrigin Shire Council in 1955, and in 1959 was made a director of Cooperative Bulk Handling (CBH), eventually becoming chairman.[1] Standing for the Country Party,[a] Gayfer entered parliament at the 1962 state election, winning the seat of Avon.[2] He was appointed Country Party whip in 1969, but at the 1974 state election left the Legislative Assembly to transfer to the Legislative Council, winning election to Central Province. Gayfer was re-elected twice (in 1980 and 1986), and eventually left parliament at the 1989 election.[1] He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1991, and then upgraded to a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1997, with both awards being "in recognition of service to primary industry".[3]


  1. ^ a b Gayfer's party was known as the Country Party until 1975, as the National Country Party from 1975 to 1985, and as the National Party thereafter.


  1. ^ a b Harry Walter Gayfer – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 September 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.
  3. ^ Medal of the Order of Australia, Member of the Order of Australia, It's An Honour. Retrieved 21 September 2016.