James Price (Australian politician)

James Price (6 August 1864 – 21 May 1910) was an Australian politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1905 until his death, representing the seat of Fremantle. He served as a minister in the government of Newton Moore.

James Price
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
27 October 1905 – 21 May 1910
Preceded byTed Needham
Succeeded byWilliam Murphy
Personal details
Born(1864-08-06)6 August 1864
Wimbledon, Surrey, England
Died21 May 1910(1910-05-21) (aged 45)
Cape Town, South Africa

Price was born in Wimbledon, Surrey, England. He worked at the London Coal Exchange before migrating to South Australia in 1891, where he took up farming at Renmark. Price moved to Western Australia in 1897, establishing a steam laundry in Fremantle. He was elected to the North Fremantle Municipal Council in 1901.[1] At the 1905 state election, he stood for parliament as a Ministerialist (a supporter of the government of Hector Rason), and defeated the sitting Labor candidate, Ted Needham.[2]

In May 1906, following Rason's resignation, Price was named Minister for Works in the new ministry formed by Newton Moore, although he had been in parliament for less than a year. He resigned in June 1909 on medical grounds, but was retained in the ministry as an honorary minister.[1][3] In early 1910, Price left Australia for what was described as a "health trip" to England.[4] He was taken ill on the voyage, and was taken to hospital once his ship had reached Cape Town, South Africa, where he lingered for two months before dying.[5] James Price Point, a geographical feature in the Kimberley, was named in his honour.[1]


  1. ^ a b c James Price – 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.
  3. ^ "STATE POLITICS."The West Australian, 1 July 1909.
  4. ^ "HON. JAMES PRICE."The Daily News (Perth, Western Australia), 24 February 1910.
  5. ^ "OBIT. MR. JAMES PRICE"The Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia), 22 May 1910.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Ted Needham
Member for Fremantle
Succeeded by
William Murphy
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Wilson
Minister for Works
Succeeded by
Frank Wilson