Charles Perkins (politician)

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Charles Perkins
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
21 November 1942 25 March 1950
Preceded by Charles Latham
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
Constituency York
In office
25 March 1950 7 November 1961
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded by Tom Hart
Constituency Roe
Personal details
Born(1906-08-08)8 August 1906
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia
Died7 November 1961(1961-11-07) (aged 55)
Wembley, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Country

Charles Collier Perkins (8 August 1906 – 7 November 1961) was an Australian politician who was a Country Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1942 until his death. He served as a minister in the government of Sir David Brand.

Perkins was born in Melbourne to Gwendoline (née Collier) and Charles Henry Perkins. Educated at Geelong Grammar School, he arrived in Western Australia in 1929 and purchased a farm at Belka, which he owned for the rest of his life. Perkins became prominent in agricultural circles, serving on the executive of the Primary Producers' Association and as a director of Westralian Farmers Ltd, a co-operative. [1] He entered parliament at the 1942 York by-election, which had been caused by the resignation of Charles Latham (a former Country Party leader). [2]

After the 1947 state election, Perkins was appointed chairman of the committees in the Legislative Assembly, a position which held until the McLarty government's defeat at the 1953 election. [1] At the 1950 election, he had transferred to the new seat of Roe. [2] After the 1959 election, Perkins was included in the new ministry formed by David Brand, as Minister for Police, Minister for Transport, Minister for Labour, and Minister for Native Welfare. His four portfolios required large amounts of travel, including to interstate conferences and remote Aboriginal communities. [3]

Perkins died of a heart attack in November 1961, at his home in Wembley, and was given a state funeral at St George's Cathedral. [3] He had married Kathleen Jennings Laffar in 1938, with whom he had four children. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Charles Collier Perkins – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. 1 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. 1 2 Birman, Wendy (2005). "Perkins, Charles Collier (1906–1961)". Australian Dictionary of Biography . Supplementary. Melbourne University Press. ISSN   1833-7538 via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Charles Latham
Member for York
1942–1950
Abolished
New seat Member for Roe
1950–1961
Succeeded by
Tom Hart
Political offices
Preceded by
Herb Graham
Minister for Transport
1959–1961
Succeeded by
George Cornell
Preceded by
John Brady
Minister for Police
1959–1961
Succeeded by
George Cornell
Preceded by
Bill Hegney
Minister for Labour
1959–1961
Succeeded by
Stewart Bovell
Preceded by
John Brady
Minister for Native Welfare
1959–1961
Succeeded by
George Cornell