John Church (politician)

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John Church
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
6 February 1932 8 April 1933
Preceded by Frederick Teesdale
Succeeded by Aloysius Rodoreda
Constituency Roebourne
Personal details
Born(1859-04-08)8 April 1859
Braintree, Essex, England
Died7 August 1937(1937-08-07) (aged 78)
West Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Nationalist

John Henry Church (8 April 1859 – 7 August 1937) was an Australian pastoralist and politician who was a Nationalist member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1932 to 1933, representing the seat of Roebourne.

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Early life and assault case

Church was born in Braintree, Essex, England. He arrived in Western Australia in 1883, and lived in Perth until 1889, when he went to the North West. Church worked for a period as a jackaroo, including at Chirritta and Hamersley Stations, and was also involved in the emerging pearling and mining industries. In 1898, he acquired the lease on Woodbrook Station, near Roebourne. [1] Early the following year, Church was convicted of assaulting one of his Aboriginal employees with a stockwhip, and fined one shilling by the local magistrate. His defence had been that he had acted in self-defence. At the same time, his employee, who had been working for Church as a shepherd, was found guilty of neglecting his duties (resulting in the loss of some of Church's sheep), and sentenced to two months' imprisonment with hard labour. The matter received attention from a number of Perth newspapers, with The Sunday Times describing it as a "travesty of justice". [2] The case was also reported in Sydney, with The Evening News remarking unfavourably upon the sentences given. [3]

Later life and politics

In 1903, Church acquired the lease on Mount Florence Station, near Wittenoom, which he would maintain until his death. [1] In 1918, he and three brothers (Thomas, Percy, and Arthur Stove) sublet Cooya Pooya Station, under the name of the Harding River Pastoral Company. They acquired the full lease in 1925, and later also took up Daniels Well Station, near Roebourne. The syndicate was disbanded in 1939, with Church receiving Daniels Well and the Stove brothers received Cooya Pooya. [4] Church was involved in the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australian from its inception in 1907, and served as its president for a period. Outside of his pastoral interests, he was also a director of a meat export firm. [1]

Beginning in the early 1900s, Church served several terms on the Tableland Roads Board (now part of the Shire of Ashburton). [1] His name had been mentioned in connection with state-level politics as early as 1903, when he considered nominating for the 1903 Pilbara by-election. [5] In December 1931, the Nationalist MP for Roebourne, Frederick Teesdale, died in office. The resulting by-election, held a few months later, was considered to be of great importance to the government of Sir James Mitchell, as a loss would reduce it to minority government. [6] Church was nominated as one of two candidates for the Nationalist Party, and went on to win with 56.4 percent of the two-candidate-preferred vote (against an independent candidate, Harold Cornish). [7] Aged 72 at the time of his election, he became (and as of 2016 remains) the oldest person to be elected to the Legislative Assembly for the first time. [8] However, Church's time in parliament was short-lived, as he was defeated by Labor's Aloysius Rodoreda at the 1933 state election. [9]

Church retired to Perth, dying there in August 1937, aged 78. [10] He had married Blanche Eveline Single in 1901, with whom he had one daughter. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 John Herbert Church – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  2. "THE BLACK SLAVERY QUESTION."The Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia), 30 April 1899.
  3. "OUR W.A. LETTER."The Evening News (Sydney), 17 March 1899.
  4. Register of Heritage Places – Assessment Documentation (Cooya Pooya Station), p.5 .
  5. "POLITICAL."The Daily News (Perth, Western Australia), 16 January 1903.
  6. "POLITICAL STRATEGY"The Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia), 24 January 1932.
  7. "THE ROEBOURNE SEAT"The West Australian, 12 February 1932.
  8. The Western Australian Parliamentary Handbook (Twenty-Third Edition) Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine , p. 241.
  9. 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.
  10. "A PROMINENT PASTORALIST."The West Australian, 9 August 1937.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Frederick Teesdale
Member for Roebourne
1932–1933
Succeeded by
Aloysius Rodoreda