Charles North (politician)

The Honourable
Charles North

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia

In office
31 July 1947 – 5 August 1953

Ross McLarty
Albert Hawke

Preceded by
Joseph Sleeman

Succeeded by
Aloysius Rodoreda

Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Claremont

In office
22 March 1924 – 7 April 1956

Preceded by
John Thomson

Succeeded by
Harold Cromellin

Personal details

(1887-09-14)14 September 1887
Perth, Western Australia

30 September 1979(1979-09-30)
Nedlands, Western Australia

Political party
Commonwealth Liberal (1914)
Nationalist (to 1945)
Liberal (from 1945)

Alma mater
Oriel College, Oxford

Charles Frederic John North (14 September 1887 – 30 September 1979) was an Australian lawyer and politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1924 to 1956, initially representing the Nationalist Party and later the Liberal Party. He was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1947 to 1953.


1 Early life
2 Politics
3 See also
4 References

Early life[edit]
North was born in Perth to Flora Frances (née Hamersley) and Frederic Dudley North. His father, a prominent civil servant, was a grandson of the Scottish artist Sir Francis Grant and a descendant of the Barons North. His mother was the daughter of Edward Hamersley II, a member of the pioneering Hamersley family of Western Australia.[1] North attended Hale School, Perth, before being sent to England to continue his education at Rugby School. He studied law at Oriel College, Oxford, graduating in 1909 with a Bachelor of Arts.[2] He was also a member of the college eight for three years. North was called to the Bar as part of the Middle Temple in 1912.[1] He was admitted to the Western Australian bar upon his return to Australia the following year, and, making his debut in politics, went on to contest the 1914 federal election for the Commonwealth Liberal Party, standing for the Senate.[3] North served as a captain in the No. 16 Squadron RAF in World War I, as an observer-air gunner.[1] He returned to Western Australia after the conclusion of the war, practising as a solicitor in Perth. He was elected to the Cottesloe Municipal Council in 1921, and served as Mayor of Cottesloe from 1923 to 1924.[1]
North was elected to the seat of Claremont at the 1924 state election, defeating a Labor candidate, George Dennis, and the sitting member, John Thomson, who had lost the endorsement of