John Veryard

John Veryard (14 November 1851 – 5 January 1924) was an Australian businessman and politician who served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1905 to 1908 and from 1914 to 1921.

John Veryard
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
27 October 1905 – 11 September 1908
Preceded byFrederick Gill
Succeeded byFrederick Gill
ConstituencyBalcatta
In office
21 October 1914 – 12 March 1921
Preceded byFrederick Gill
Succeeded byLionel Carter
ConstituencyGeraldton
Personal details
Born(1851-11-14)14 November 1851
Westminster, London, England
Died5 January 1924(1924-01-05) (aged 72)
West Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal (1911–1917)
Nationalist (from 1917)

Veryard was born in London, England, to Jane (née Callcott) and John Besley Charles Veryard. His parents immigrated to Western Australia when he was an infant. After leaving school, Veryard initially worked in the offices of The Inquirer & Commercial News. He later worked for periods as a cabinetmaker, bootmaker, produce merchant, and builder, before taking over his father's bakery business in 1886. Veryard served on the Perth City Council from 1895 to 1900, and was also on the Leederville Municipal Council from 1896 to 1900 and from 1902 to 1905, including as mayor in 1904 and 1905.[1]

At the 1905 state election, Veryard defeated Frederick Gill of the Labor Party in the seat of Balcatta. Gill reclaimed the seat at the 1908 election, and when it was abolished prior the 1911 election beat Veryard in the new seat of Leederville. However, Veryard won Leederville in 1914, and remained in parliament until his retirement at the 1921 state election.[2] Outside of politics, he was prominent in the Orange Order, serving as the organisation's first grand master in Western Australia. Veryard died at his home in West Perth in January 1924, aged 72.[3] He had married Selena Arnold in 1875, with whom he had one son. A grandson, Charles Veryard, became Lord Mayor of Perth.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b John Veryard, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 26 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "JOHN VERYARD, J.P.", The Daily News, 7 January 1924.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Frederick Gill
Member for Balcatta
1905–1908
Succeeded by
Frederick Gill
Preceded by
Frederick Gill
Member for Leederville
1914–1921
Succeeded by
Lionel Carter