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William George Pickering (1869–1953)

William Pickering, n.d.

William Pickering, n.d.

A former architect and politician, Mr. W. G. [William George] Pickering, died in a Perth hospital yesterday after a brief illness.

Born in Yorkshire 83 years ago, the late Mr. Pickering came to Western Australia at the age of 20.

Soon after his arrival in Australia he married Miss Isabella Bunbury at Busselton.

After farming for many years near Busselton, he transferred to Perth where he began business as an architect.

The late Mr. Pickering entered Parliament in 1917 when he defeated the then Premier (Mr. Frank Wilson) for the Sussex seat (now known as Vasse).

In 1922 he was appointed chairman of the Royal Commission on Forests. He was defeated in 1924 by Mr. G. Barnard.

He was a member of the Australian Indian Ocean Air Route Committee which planned the air connection between Australia and Africa, using the Perth airport.

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William Pickering, n.d.

William Pickering, n.d.

Life Summary [details]


20 September, 1869
London, Middlesex, England


15 September, 1953 (aged 83)
Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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