Members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly, 1943–1947

This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between the 1943 election and the 1947 election, together known as the 18th Parliament. In January 1945, the Nationalists, officially known as the National Party of Western Australia, reformed as the Liberal Party (Western Australian Division) under the leadership of Robert McDonald, and all Nationalist MLAs' allegiances changed accordingly.

Name Party District Years in office
Arthur Abbott Nat. / Lib. North Perth 1939–1956
Horace Berry Independent Irwin-Moore 1939–1947
David Brand[5] Liberal Greenough 1945–1975
Florence Cardell-Oliver Nat. / Lib. Subiaco 1936–1956
Hon Philip Collier Labor Boulder 1905–1948
Aubrey Coverley Labor Kimberley 1924–1953
Charles Cross Labor Canning 1933–1947
Victor Doney Country Williams-Narrogin 1928–1956
Thomas Fox Labor South Fremantle 1935–1951
Herb Graham Labor East Perth 1943–1973
Albert Hawke Labor Northam 1933–1968
Bill Hegney Labor Pilbara 1939–1968
James Hegney Labor Middle Swan 1930–1947; 1950–1968
Leonard Hill Country Albany 1936–1956
Ernest Hoar Labor Nelson 1943–1957
Edward Holman Labor Forrest 1939–1947
William Johnson Labor Guildford-Midland 1901–1905; 1906–1917;
1924–1948
Norbert Keenan Nat. / Lib. Nedlands 1904–1911; 1930–1950
Lionel Kelly Ind. / Labor Yilgarn-Coolgardie 1941–1968
David Leahy Labor Hannans 1938–1948
Hugh Leslie Country Mount Marshall 1943–1949
James Mann Country Beverley 1930–1962
William Marshall[6] Labor Murchison 1921–1952
Robert McDonald Nat. / Lib. West Perth 1933–1950
Ross McLarty Nat. / Lib. Murray-Wellington 1930–1962
Harry Millington Labor Mount Hawthorn 1924–1947
Ted Needham Labor Perth 1904–1905; 1933–1953
John Newton[5] Labor Greenough 1943–1945
Hon Charles North Nat. / Lib. Claremont 1924–1956
Emil Nulsen Labor Kanowna 1932–1962
Ray Owen[2] Ind. Country Swan 1944–1947; 1950–1962
Alexander Panton Labor Leederville 1924–1951
Charles Perkins Country York 1942–1962
Howard Raphael[4] Labor Victoria Park 1930–1944
William Read[4] Independent Victoria Park 1945–1953
Alec Rodoreda Labor Roebourne 1933–1958
Richard Sampson[2] Country Swan 1921–1944
Harrie Seward Country Pingelly 1933–1950
Harry Shearn Ind. Nat. Maylands 1936–1951
Joseph Sleeman Labor Fremantle 1924–1959
Frederick Smith Labor Brown Hill-Ivanhoe 1932–1950
Sydney Stubbs Country Wagin 1911–1947
Herbert Styants Labor Kalgoorlie 1936–1956
William Telfer[3] Labor Avon 1943–1947
Lindsay Thorn Country Toodyay 1930–1959
John Tonkin[1] Labor North-East Fremantle 1933–1977
Lucien Triat Labor Mount Magnet 1939–1950
Arthur Watts Country Katanning 1935–1962
Arthur Wilson Labor Collie 1908–1947
Hon John Willcock Labor Geraldton 1917–1947
William Willmott Nat. / Lib. Sussex 1938–1947
Hon Frank Wise Labor Gascoyne 1933–1951
Frederick Withers Labor Bunbury 1924–1947

NotesEdit

1 On 9 December 1943, John Tonkin, the member for North-East Fremantle, was appointed as Minister for Education and Social Services in the Willcock Ministry. He was therefore required to resign and contest a ministerial by-election on 17 December 1943, in which he was returned unopposed.
2 On 16 February 1944, the Country member for Swan, Richard Sampson, died. Independent Country candidate Ray Owen won the resulting by-election on 29 April 1944.
3 At the 1943 state election, Labor candidate William Telfer defeated the sitting Country member Ignatius Boyle by 15 votes. The Court of Disputed Returns ordered a fresh election for 1 July 1944, at which Telfer won a 298-vote majority against Boyle.
4 On 9 December 1944, the Labor member for Victoria Park, Howard Raphael, died. Independent candidate William Read won the resulting by-election on 10 February 1945.
5 At the 1943 election, the Labor candidate for Greenough, John Newton, a farmer from Mingenew who had enlisted in the RAAF as a Flight Lieutenant in 1941 and left for the United Kingdom in 1942, unexpectedly defeated the sitting Country member, William Patrick. On 14 January 1944, he was reported missing after a raid on Germany. On 31 July 1945, a panel of members was appointed to enquire whether a vacancy existed, and on 27 September 1945, the seat was declared vacant. Liberal candidate David Brand won the resulting by-election on 27 October 1945, becoming the first person to win an Australian election under the new Liberal banner.
6 On 3 August 1945, William Marshall, the member for Murchison, was appointed as a Minister in the Wise Ministry. He was therefore required to resign and contest a ministerial by-election on 17 August 1945, in which he was returned unopposed.