William Traylen

William Traylen (25 February 1843 – 27 December 1926) was an Australian Methodist minister and politician who served in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1890 to 1897. He was the first Methodist minister ordained in Western Australia.

William Traylen
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
29 November 1890 – 3 May 1897
Preceded byNone (new creation)
Succeeded byRichard Pennefather
Personal details
Born(1843-02-25)25 February 1843
Chesterton, Huntingdonshire, England
Died27 December 1926(1926-12-27) (aged 83)
East Guildford, Western Australia, Australia

Traylen was born in Chesterton, Huntingdonshire, England. He arrived in Western Australia in 1857, but later turned to England for a year to train for the ministry. He returned to Australia in 1867, ministering at York for three years before being fully ordained at Wesley Church, Perth, in 1870. Traylen ministered at Geraldton from 1870 to 1873, then returned to York from 1873 to 1878, and was finally superintendent in Perth from 1878 to 1879. He left the ministry in 1879 to establish a printing works in Perth.[1]

In 1886, Traylen unsuccessfully ran for the Legislative Council, losing a by-election for the seat of Perth to Edward Scott.[1] He eventually entered parliament at the 1890 general election (the first to be held for the Legislative Assembly), winning the seat of Greenough.[2] In the same year, Traylen was also elected to the Perth City Council. He served on the council until 1897, and contested the mayoral election in 1892, but lost to Stephen Henry Parker.[1] Traylen was re-elected to the Legislative Assembly at the 1894 election, and was subsequently appointed chairman of committees.[1]

Traylen lost his seat to Richard Pennefather at the 1897 election,[2] and after leaving parliament was appointed chairman of the Perth Water Board, serving in that position from 1898 to 1904. He eventually retired to Guildford, and was elected to the Guildford Municipal Council, serving as mayor from 1914 to 1918. Traylen died in Guildford in 1926, aged 83.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e William Traylen – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b 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
New creation Member for Greenough
Succeeded by
Richard Pennefather