William Kitson

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William Kitson
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Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
In office
22 May 1924 17 May 1947
Preceded by Robert Lynn
Succeeded by Evan Davies
Constituency West Province
Personal details
Born(1886-11-20)20 November 1886
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died13 December 1952(1952-12-13) (aged 66)
London, England
Political party Labor

William Henry Kitson (20 November 1886 – 13 December 1952) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia from 1924 to 1947. He was a minister in the governments of Philip Collier, John Willcock, and Frank Wise, and later served as Agent-General for Western Australia from 1947 until his death.

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Early life

Kitson was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, to Ellen (née Lister) and James Kitson. He came to Western Australia in 1910, and initially worked as a labourer at Torbay, a small locality near Albany. Kitson moved to Fremantle in 1915, where he was a draper. While in Fremantle, he became involved in the union movement, eventually becoming secretary of the Fremantle Trades Hall. [1]

Politics

Kitson was elected to parliament at the 1924 Legislative Council election, succeeding Robert Lynn in West Province. In 1928, he was made a minister without portfolio in the first government of Philip Collier, a position which he held until the government's defeat at the 1930 state election. He returned to the ministry when Labor was re-elected at the 1933 election. Collier resigned as premier in 1936, and Kitson was made Chief Secretary in the new ministry formed by John Willcock. [1]

Following a ministerial reshuffle in March 1937, Kitson was also made Minister for Police, replacing Frank Wise. In another reshuffle after the 1939 election, he was made Minister for Education, while the position of Minister for Police was abolished and its responsibilities subsumed into those of the Chief Secretary. Kitson was replaced as education minister after the 1943 election, although the position of Minister for Police was recreated. He remained a minister until the Labor government's defeat at the 1947 election. [1]

Later life

In July 1946, Kitson was named to succeed Frank Troy as Agent-General for Western Australia, representing the state government in London. [2] He did not take up the position until May 1947, when his resignation from parliament was formalised. Kitson died in London in December 1952, aged 66. [3] He had married Mabel Alport in 1915, with whom he had four children. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 William Henry Kitson – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. "AGENT-GENERAL.", The West Australian , 23 July 1946.
  3. "LATE MR. KITSON'S SERVICE TO STATE", The West Australian, 15 December 1952.
Parliament of Western Australia
Political offices
Preceded by
John Drew
Chief Secretary
1936–1947
Succeeded by
Arthur Abbott
Preceded by
Frank Wise
Minister for Police
1937–1939
1943–1947
Succeeded by
Ross McDonald
Preceded by
Frank Wise
Minister for Education
1939–1943
Succeeded by
John Tonkin