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The plaque commemorates Sir James Mitchell, a former Western Australian Premier who was born in Dardanup.

As a young man, Sir James Mitchell worked for the Western Australian Bank, becoming a manager in Northam in 1890 just as the long-established farming district was about to benefit from the demand for produce fuelled by the discovery of gold. Mitchell remained in Northam where he too engaged in farming from 1892.

In October 1905 he won the seat of Northam in the Legislative Assembly and by 1909 was Minister for Lands and Agriculture. After periods serving as a Minister and in Opposition Mitchell became Premier in 1919. He won the 1921 election and remained in office until 1924. During this first period he instituted the Group Settlement Scheme, which would dominate his career. After much hardship and suffering the scheme resulted in the eventual development of a dairy industry in the south-west.


Address:15 Ferguson Rd, Dardanup Hall, Dardanup, 6236
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.398056
Long: 115.756667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1956
Front Inscription

To commemorate the life and work of the Hon. Sir James Mitchell G.C.M.G.

Premier of West Australia
17th May 1919 - 16th April 1924 and 24th April 1930 - 23rd April 1933

Lieut. Governor of West Aust.
11th July 1933 - 4th Oct. 1949

Governor of West Aust.
5th Oct. 1948 - 30th June 1951

Born at Dardanup 27th April 1866
Died at Lowden    26th July 1951

Source: MA,HWA,ADB
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