Richard Hooper (Australian politician)

Richard Hooper (25 January 1846 – 24 July 1909) was an Australian politician who represented the South Australian House of Assembly multi-member seat of Wallaroo from 1891 to 1902.[1][2][3]

Hooper was born in Cornwall in England and arrived in South Australia in 1858. He was a miner at Moonta, and became president of the Moonta Amalgamated Miners' Association in 1889.[4] Hooper was the first Labor member of the South Australian House of Assembly, but was not a member of the newly formed United Labor Party, instead serving as an Independent Labor member. He was first elected at the 1891 Wallaroo by-election on 23 May. He was re-elected as an Independent Labor member in 1893, 1896 and 1899; although he attended caucus meetings he never joined the United Labor Party.[5] After his parliamentary career, he moved to Western Australia, where he worked as a nightwatchman and was active in the Labor Party there.[4]


  1. ^ Richard Hooper: SA Parliament
  2. ^ Direct Labor candidates, The Advertiser: Trove 27 January 1893
  3. ^ Uncompleted returns, Kalgoorlie Western Argus: Trove 30 April 1896
  4. ^ a b Coxon, Howard, Playford, John & Reid, Robert (1985). Biographical register of the South Australian Parliament 1857-1957. Wakefield Press. p. 111.
  5. ^ Richard Hooper: ADB

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