Harry Strickland

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Harry Strickland
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
22 May 1950 31 December 1970
Preceded by George Miles
Succeeded by John Hunt
Constituency North Province
Personal details
Born(1903-06-10)10 June 1903
South Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Died2 May 1971(1971-05-02) (aged 67)
Safety Bay, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Labor

Harry Charles Strickland (10 June 1903 – 2 May 1971) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1950 to 1970, representing North Province. He was a minister in the government of Albert Hawke.

Strickland was born in Fremantle to Elizabeth Jane (née Schipper) and William Hitch Strickland. He left school at the age of 13 to work as a jockey, then at the age of 15 moved to the North-West, where he worked as a shearer and a barman. From 1933 to 1937, Strickland leased a hotel in Carnarvon, also serving on the Carnarvon Road Board from 1935 to 1937. After a period in Perth, he returned to Carnarvon in 1947, purchasing a banana plantation. Strickland entered parliament at the 1950 Legislative Council elections, replacing the retiring George Miles. [1]

Following the election of a Labor government at the 1953 state election, Strickland was made Minister for Supply and Shipping and Minister for the North-West in the new ministry formed by Albert Hawke. He was also made Minister for Railways after the 1956 election, and remained in the ministry until the government's defeat at the 1959 election. From 1958 to 1962, Strickland was the leader of the Labor Party in the Legislative Council. He remained in parliament until his resignation in December 1970, and died only a few months later, in May 1971. He had married Thelma Marie Colgan in 1927, with whom he had four children. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 Harry Charles Strickland – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
Parliament of Western Australia
Political offices
Preceded by
Florence Cardell-Oliver
Minister for Supply and Shipping
1953–1959
Abolished
Preceded by
Ross McLarty
Minister for the North-West
1953–1959
Succeeded by
Charles Court
Preceded by
Herbert Styants
Minister for Railways
1956–1959
Succeeded by
Charles Court