Harold Vivian Piesse
12/06/1884 – 16/09/1944
Harold Vivian Piesse, the son of Frederick Henry Piesse, was born 12 July 1884 in Williams and the family moved to Katanning 1889 where he married Elizabeth Martin Verney and had two children.
He was elected to the West Australian State Parliament in 1931 as an Independent Country Party representative (later Country Party); a position he held until 1944.
He was a Member of the Joint Select Committee on Bulk Handling Bill 1932, Member of the Select Committee on the Administration Act (Estate and Succession Duties) Amendment Bill 1934, Member of the Select Committee on the Financial Emergency Bill 1934 and Member of the Select Committee on the Industrial Arbitration Act Amendment Bill (No 1) 1937.
Harold Piesse took over managing the family interests of F & C Piesse after his father’s death in 1912 and helped direct Piesse Estates, farming and grazing.
He personally controlled Braeside Farm at Katanning and helped develop Riverdale property at Kojonup.
As an agent and financial adviser he was also Managing Director of Katanning Stock and Trading Company; Richardson and Co Ltd, Katanning; Katanning Flour Mills Ltd; Malcolm and Co, Wagin; BCD and Piesse, Perth; Director of Palatine Fire Insurance Company, Perth; Director of the Boys’ Grammar School in Katanning; and was a Member of Great Southern Sheep Breeders Association.
He joined Perth Artillery in 1899, volunteered for service in World War I and was rejected but then promoted to Lieutenant and Commander of 25 Light Horse Training Camp.
Harold Vivian Piesse died in 1944 at “Strathfield” in Katanning and is buried at Katanning Cemetery.
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