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Harry Vivian Shearn (28 April 1892 – 21 January 1951) was an Australian politician who was an independent member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1936 until his death, representing the seat of Maylands.

Harry Shearn
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
15 February 1936 – 21 January 1951
Preceded byRobert Clothier
Succeeded byEdward Oldfield
Personal details
Born(1892-04-28)28 April 1892
Guildford, Western Australia, Australia
Died21 January 1951(1951-01-21) (aged 58)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyIndependent

Shearn was born in Guildford, Western Australia, to Matilda Anne (née Connolly) and Michael Shearn. He worked for his father's real estate agency after leaving school, and took it over completely following his father's death in 1917. Shearn was elected to the Perth Road Board in 1930, and served as chairman from 1935 to 1936.[1] He entered parliament at the 1936 state election, winning Maylands from the Labor Party's Robert Clothier.[2]

After the 1947 state election produced a hung parliament, Shearn and another independent, William Read, gave their support to the Liberal Party, allowing Ross McLarty to form a government. The situation persisted after the 1950 election, albeit with the support of another independent, David Grayden.[2] Shearn died suddenly in January 1951, aged 58.[3] He had married Emily Ann Watts in 1918, with whom he had two children, Hartley Vivian (Viv) and Marian (Lorraine).[1]

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  1. ^ a b Harry Vivian Shearn, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "DEATH OF Mr. H. V. SHEARN AFTER SUDDEN ILLNESS", The West Australian, 22 January 1951.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Robert Clothier
Member for Maylands
Succeeded by
Edward Oldfield