Selby Munsie

Selby Walter Munsie (23 September 1870 – 12 March 1938) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1911 until his death, representing the seat of Hannans. He served as a minister in the governments of Philip Collier and John Willcock.


Selby Munsie
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
3 October 1911 – 12 March 1938
Preceded byFrancis Ware
Succeeded byDavid Leahy
ConstituencyHannans
Personal details
Born(1870-09-23)23 September 1870
near Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
Died12 March 1938(1938-03-12) (aged 67)
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLabor

Munsie was born near Armidale, New South Wales, to Anna Maria (née Richardson) and Alexander Welch Munsie. He was educated in Newcastle, and later worked for a period in the timber trade at nearby Wallsend. Munsie came to Western Australia in 1895 to work on the goldfields, living first at Paddington and later in Kalgoorlie. He eventually became president of the Federated Miners' Union (a forerunner of the national CFMEU).[1] At the 1911 state election, Munsie was elected to parliament, replacing the retiring Francis Ware as the member for the seat of Hannans.[2] After Labor's victory at the 1924 election, he was appointed a minister without portfolio in the new ministry formed by Philip Collier. He was given a substantive position after the 1927 election, replacing Frank Troy as Minister for Mines and John Drew as Minister for Health. Labor were defeated at the 1930 election, but were only out of office for a short period, returning in a landslide at the 1933 election. Munsie regained his old portfolios, and retained them when John Willcock replaced Philip Collier as premier in 1936.[1] He died in Perth in March 1938, after an illness of about two months,[3] and was granted a state funeral.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Selby Walter Munsie – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 May 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.
  3. ^ "MINISTER FOR MINES DEAD"The West Australian, 14 March 1938.
  4. ^ "A LIFE OF FAITHFUL SERVICE"Westralian Worker, 18 March 1938.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Francis Ware
Member for Hannans
1911–1938
Succeeded by
David Leahy
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Troy
Charles Latham
Minister for Mines
1927–1930
1933–1938
Succeeded by
Charles Latham
Alexander Panton
Preceded by
John Drew
John Scaddan
Minister for Health
1927–1930
1933–1938
Succeeded by
John Scaddan
Alexander Panton