Mervyn Forrest

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.

Mervyn Forrest
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
22 May 1946 – 21 May 1952
Preceded byCyril Cornish
Succeeded byDon Barker
ConstituencyNorth Province
Personal details
Born(1891-04-28)28 April 1891
Bunbury, Western Australia
Died22 August 1975(1975-08-22) (aged 84)
Perth, Western Australia
Political partyLiberal

Early lifeEdit

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.[1] 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.[2]


Forrest married Agnes Courthope (the granddaughter of Archdeacon James Brown[1]) in 1918, with whom he had four children. A grandson, Andrew Forrest, became a prominent mining entrepreneur.[2][3]

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.

Forrest died in Perth in August 1975, aged 84, and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Muir, Alison & Dinee (1982). Forrest Family, Pioneers of Western Australia, 1842–1982. J.R. Muir & Son. p. 109. ISBN 0-9592883-0-9.
  2. ^ a b Robert Mervyn Forrest, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  3. ^ Dynasties: Forrest (transcript) Archived 17 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 28 November 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Summary Of Record Information : Robert Mervyn Forrest". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 16 July 2018.