Robert Mervyn Forrest (28 April 1891 – 22 August 1975) was an Australian pastoralist and politician who served as a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1946 to 1952, representing North Province.
|Member of the Legislative Council|
of Western Australia
22 May 1946 – 21 May 1952
|Preceded by||Cyril Cornish|
|Succeeded by||Don Barker|
|Born||28 April 1891|
Bunbury, Western Australia
|Died||22 August 1975 (aged 84)|
Perth, Western Australia
Forrest was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, to Mary (née Parker) and David Forrest. His father and two uncles (Alexander and John) were also members of parliament, with John being Western Australia's first premier. Forrest lived at Minderoo Station for periods as a child, and was later sent to Perth to be educated, attending Hale School and Guildford Grammar School. After leaving school, he worked for family businesses as a jackaroo at Cubbine Station, bookkeeper in Perth, and station overseer of Minderoo. Forrest eventually became managing director of the holding company for the Minderoo and Wyloo leases, and also served on the executive of the Pastoralists and Graziers Association. He became a justice of the peace in 1916.
Politics and later lifeEdit
Forrest served on the Ashburton Road Board from 1915 to 1947, including as chairman from 1924. He entered parliament at the 1946 Legislative Council election, defeating Cyril Cornish (an independent) for one of the three North Province seats. Forrest served a single six-year term before losing his seat to Labor's Don Barker at the 1952 election. His margin of defeat was five votes.
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- Robert Mervyn Forrest, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- Dynasties: Forrest (transcript) Archived 17 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 28 November 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- "Summary Of Record Information : Robert Mervyn Forrest". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 16 July 2018.