Joseph Rowberry

Joseph Neon Rowberry (13 May 1895 – 13 November 1972) was an Australian trade unionist and politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1958 to 1968, representing the seat of Warren.

Joseph Rowberry
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
25 January 1958 – 23 March 1968
Preceded byErnest Hoar
Succeeded byDavid Evans
Personal details
Born(1895-05-13)13 May 1895
Inveresk, Midlothian, Scotland
Died13 November 1972(1972-11-13) (aged 77)
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLabor

Rowberry was born in Inveresk, Scotland, to Isabella (née Fraser) and Joseph Neon Rowberry. He worked as a coal miner after leaving school, and then served with the British Army during World War I, as a signalman with the 51st (Highland) Division. Rowberry arrived in Australia in 1925, and worked for periods as a farm labourer (in Gnowangerup), road worker (in Northcliffe), timber worker (in Pemberton), and traffic inspector (in Manjimup). He was vice-president of the Timber Workers' Union from 1945 to 1955.[1] Rowberry entered parliament at the 1958 Warren by-election, caused by the resignation of Ernest Hoar (the sitting Labor member). He was re-elected at the 1959, 1962, and 1965 elections, and retired at the 1968 election, aged 72.[2] Rowberry died in Perth in November 1972, aged 77. He had married twice, and had two children by his second wife.[1]


  1. ^ a b Joseph Neon Rowberry – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 3 October 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.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Ernest Hoar
Member for Warren
Succeeded by
David Evans