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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Sir Walter Hartwell JAMES

Born 1863 in Perth, Western Australia [15]
Son of Edward Senior JAMES and Lucy FRANCISCO [15]
Grew up in Perth where he attended state schools and the Perth High School [297]
Articled to lawyer George LEAKE in 1883 and after studying in Perth and London was admitted to the WA Bar in 1888 [297]
Married Eleanora Marie Gwenyfred HEARDER in Albany in 1892 [15]
Entered State politics as an independent in 1894, when he was elected to the Legislative Assembly seat for East Perth [297]
He was a supporter of Federal Nationalism and helped found the Federal League which campaigned for Federation [297]
Premier of the Western Australian State Government from 1902 to 1904 [297]
After retiring from politics in 1904 he held the position of Agent-General in London, England until 1906 [297]
Returned to Western Australia in 1906 and resumed working as a private legal practitioner [297]
Barrister and Solicitor of the firm "James & Darbyshire" at 47 Saint George's Terrace, Perth in 1910 [6]
Resided at a house or property named Minnawarra on The Esplanade in the Perth suburb of Peppermint Grove [6]
Speaker at the Official Luncheon of the Moora Agricultural Society's Annual Show in Moora on Friday 9 October 1908 [9: 16-Oct-1908]
In 1910 he was the absentee owner of a 7,000 acre farm about seven miles east of the Three Springs townsite [9: 23-Sep-1910]
He was said to have been "decidedly popular" in the Three Springs district, to which he visited to monitor his farm [9: 23-Sep-1910]
The residents of Three Springs were pleased he purchased a farm in their district was proof of its value as an agricultural district [9]
Inaugural Patron of the Three Springs Race Club in 1910 [31: 19-Dec-1910]
In 1911 and 1912 his farm in Three Springs was managed by R. ELPHICK [6]
A large portion of his Three Springs farm was share-farmed by FOGARTY Bros in 1913 [9: 16-May-1913]
Supported Country Party candidate James GARDINER who was running for the Legislative Council seat of Irwin in 1914 [10: 16-Oct-1914]
Spoke at James GARDINER's meeting of electors at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 3 October 1914 [10: 22 & 25-Sep-1914]
Inaugural Vice President of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1915 [10: 29-Oct-1915]
Vice President of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee's Sports Meeting held in Three Springs on 17 March 1919 [124]
Patron of the J. C. Chandler Memorial Library Committee in 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Attended the funeral of ex-Carnamah resident Harry ZUEGG at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 11 November 1941 [5: 14-Nov-1941]
His sister-in-law Miss "Sallie" Sarah C. HEARDER was one of the chief mourners at the funeral of Harry ZUEGG [5: 14-Nov-1941] [P319]
Resided in Perth until his death in 1942 [2]
Died 3 January 1942; ashes buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, AA, 104) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Walter Hartwell James' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/sir-walter-hartwell-james [sources]




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