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Sir Newton James Moore (Ministerialist)

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Major General Sir Newton James Moore 7 May 1906 to 16 Sept 1910

Sir Newton James Moore was born in Fremantle on 17 May 1870. When he left school, he was apprenticed as a sales assistant in Geraldton then went on to complete his apprenticeship as a land agent and surveyor. He set himself up as a contract surveyor, specialising in the Wellington district covering the south west towns of Collie, Pinjarra, Bunbury and Busselton.

It was during his involvement in the region, particularly when he became the Mayor of Bunbury, that Sir Newton James Moore aspired to a life in politics. But it was to take two attempts to win a seat. He unsuccessfully contested the Legislative Assembly seat of Bunbury on 1901 but finally won it in 1904. He held the seat until 1911.

Moore became Minister for Lands and Agriculture in the Rason Government in 1905. A year later, Rason resigned and he stepped into the Premier's position, dropping agriculture but retaining lands.

Sir Newton James Moore championed a policy of cheap land for settlers as well as pushing for agricultural development, encouraging the forestry and wheat industries. In 1909 he became Colonial Treasurer. But just fifteen months later, Sir Newton resigned as Premier because of ill health. He had been given his knighthood three months earlier.

In February the following year, he was appointed Agent General in London - a position he held until 1917 and during which he strengthened the role of the Immigration Department and the flow of immigrants to WA.

Moore was always fascinated by the militia and held a commission for more than 16 years, including commanding the 18th Regiment Australian Light Horse. During his term as Agent General he was appointed General Officer Commanding Australian Imperial Forces in the United Kingdom.

But a parliamentary career beckoned once more - this time in Britain where he was elected to the House of Commons in 1918. He resigned 14 years later to become president of the British Empire Steel Corporation.

 

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