Henry Carson

Henry Carson (31 December 1866 – 31 July 1948) was an Australian politician who served in both houses of the Parliament of Western Australia, as a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1904 to 1906 and from 1908 to 1911, and as a member of the Legislative Council from 1914 to 1920. He stood for parliament twelve times in total, but won election only four times.

Henry Carson
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
4 June 1904 – 26 October 1906
Preceded byRobert Hutchinson
Succeeded byThomas Brown
In office
11 September 1908 – 3 October 1911
Preceded byThomas Brown
Succeeded byBronte Dooley
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
22 May 1914 – 21 May 1920
Preceded byCon O'Brien
Succeeded byThomas Moore
ConstituencyCentral Province
Personal details
Born(1866-12-31)31 December 1866
Guildford, Western Australia, Australia
Died31 July 1948(1948-07-31) (aged 81)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyCountry (1914–1922)
Other political
Independent (after 1922)

Carson was born in Guildford, Western Australia, to Charlotte (née Hadley) and George Carson. Having previously worked as a draper,[1] he was first elected to parliament at the 1904 state election, winning the seat of Geraldton. At the 1905 election, Carson was re-elected by a margin of six votes, defeating the Labor Party's Thomas Brown.[2] However, in October 1906, following a petition, the election was vacated by the Supreme Court on the grounds of voting irregularities.[3] The resulting by-election was won by Brown.[2] From 1907 to 1908, Carson served on the Geraldton Municipal Council.[1] He attempted to return to parliament at the 1908 Legislative Council election, but was defeated by Con O'Brien in Central Province on the casting vote of the returning officer.[4]

At the 1908 state election later in the year, Carson reclaimed his former seat of Geraldton, although he held it for only a single term before being defeated again at the 1911 election.[2] At the 1914 Legislative Council election, he won election to a six-year term in Central Province, as a member of the Country Party. Carson was defeated by Labor's Thomas Moore in his 1920 bid for re-election, and later recontested the seat in 1922 and 1926 without success.[1] He also unsuccessfully stood for the seat of Irwin at the 1921 state election. Carson's final run for parliament came at the 1936 state election, where he was defeated by the sitting member, William Patrick, in the seat of Greenough.[2] He died in Perth in July 1948, aged 81. He had married Mary Ryan in 1891, with whom he had five children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Henry Carson – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d 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. ^ "THE GERALDTON SEAT", The Daily News, 26 October 1906.
  4. ^ "MR. HENRY CARSON", The Western Mail, 19 September 1908.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Robert Hutchinson
Thomas Brown
Member for Geraldton
Succeeded by
Thomas Brown
Bronte Dooley