Francis Drake Willmott

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Francis Drake Willmott
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
10 September 1955 21 May 1974
Servingwith Les Craig (1955–1956)
James Murray (1955–1965)
Graham MacKinnon (1956–1965)
Vic Ferry (1965–1974)
Preceded by Charles Henning
Succeeded byGraham MacKinnon
Constituency South-West Province
Personal details
Born(1904-01-23)23 January 1904
Nannup, Western Australia
Died4 August 2004(2004-08-04) (aged 100)
Mount Lawley, Western Australia
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s)Edith Frances Riches (1934–70; her death)

Francis Drake "Frank" Willmott (23 January 1904 – 4 August 2004) was an Australian politician who was a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1955 to 1974. He is the only member of the Parliament of Western Australia known to have lived past the age of 100. [1]

Willmott was born in Nannup, a small town in the South West region of Western Australia, to Frances Edith (née Brockman) and Francis Edward Sykes Willmott. His father, uncle (Edmund Vernon Brockman), and first cousin (William Willmott) were all also members of parliament. Willmott was sent to Perth to be educated, boarding at Hale School. He afterward returned to his father's farm near Bridgetown, which he and his brother eventually took over. Willmott was elected to the Bridgetown Road Board in 1941, serving until 1947. [2]

A long-time member of the Liberal Party, Willmott was elected to parliament at a Legislative Council by-election in September 1955, necessitated by the death of Charles Henning. Representing South-West Province, a Liberal stronghold, he was elected unopposed at all subsequent elections. Willmott was appointed deputy chairman of committees after the 1965 state election, serving until his retirement at the 1974 election. He retired to Perth after leaving parliament, where he died in August 2004, aged 100. Willmott had married Edith Frances Riches in 1934, with whom he had two sons and a daughter. His wife was a granddaughter of James Henry Young, who was a state MP in New South Wales. [2]

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References

  1. The Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook (Twenty-Third Edition) Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine , p. 242.
  2. 1 2 Francis Drake Willmott – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 20 May 2016.