Frederick Withers (politician)

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Frederick Withers
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
22 April 1924 15 March 1947
Preceded by Griffin Money
Succeeded by James Murray
Constituency Bunbury
Personal details
Born(1881-04-11)11 April 1881
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia
Died20 May 1963(1963-05-20) (aged 82)
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Labor

Frederick James Withers (11 April 1881 – 20 May 1963) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1924 to 1947, representing the seat of Bunbury. He was later mayor of the City of Bunbury from 1951 to 1955.

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Withers was born in Bunbury to Esther (née Blythe) and Edward Henry Withers. After leaving school, he worked with Western Australian Government Railways, as a fireman and later as an engine driver. [1] An official of the Engine Drivers' Union and a long-time member of the Labor Party, Withers was elected to parliament at the 1924 state election, defeating the sitting Nationalist member, Griffin Money. [2] After Labor's victory at the 1933 election, he was appointed deputy chairman of committees in the government of Philip Collier, a position which he retained until his retirement at the 1947 election. In 1950, Withers attempted to return to parliament through the Legislative Council, but was defeated by the sitting Liberal member, Les Craig. [lower-alpha 1] He was elected mayor of Bunbury the following year, and served until 1955. Withers died in Bunbury in 1963, aged 82. His son, Reg Withers, was a senator and Lord Mayor of Perth. [1]

Bunbury, Western Australia City in Western Australia

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Notes

  1. Craig had earlier been Withers's Nationalist opponent for the seat of Bunbury at the 1927 election.

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References

  1. 1 2 Frederick James Withers – 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.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Griffin Money
Member for Bunbury
1924–1947
Succeeded by
James Murray