Jack Stewart (Western Australian politician)

Jack McKay Stewart (15 April 1912 – 5 November 1998) was an Australian farmer and politician who was a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1968 to 1971, representing the seat of Merredin-Yilgarn.

Jack Stewart
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
23 March 1968 – 20 February 1971
Preceded byLionel Kelly
Succeeded byJim Brown
ConstituencyMerredin-Yilgarn
Personal details
Born(1912-04-15)15 April 1912
Perth, Western Australia
Died5 November 1998(1998-11-05) (aged 86)
Myaree, Western Australia
Political partyLiberal

Stewart was born in Perth to Isabella (née Carmichael) and Alexander Stewart. He attended Scotch College, but left school at the age of 15 to help manage the family farm at Bruce Rock. Stewart took over the farm completely in 1939. He was prominent in local agricultural circles, and served on the Bruce Rock Shire Council from 1946 to 1963, including as shire president from 1952.[1] Stewart first stood for parliament at the 1965 state election, but lost to the sitting Labor member, Lionel Kelly. He recontested Merredin-Yilgarn in 1968, following Kelly's retirement, and was elected. Stewart's time in parliament was short-lived, however, as he was defeated by Labor's Jim Brown at the 1971 election.[2] He retired to Perth in 1977, and died there in November 1998, aged 86. He had married Isobel Lillian Haldane in 1944, with whom he had two children.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jack McKay Stewart – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  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
Lionel Kelly
Member for Merredin-Yilgarn
1968–1971
Succeeded by
Jim Brown