John Prowse

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John Prowse
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Swan
In office
13 December 1919 – 16 December 1922
Preceded byEdwin Corboy
Succeeded byHenry Gregory
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Forrest
In office
16 December 1922 – 21 August 1943
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byNelson Lemmon
Personal details
Born(1871-06-16)16 June 1871
Adelong, New South Wales
Died20 May 1944(1944-05-20) (aged 72)
Donnybrook, Western Australia
Political partyAustralian Country Party
OccupationStation owner

John Henry Prowse (16 June 1871 – 20 May 1944) was an Australian politician. Born in Adelong, New South Wales, he was educated at public schools and then at Kings College, Melbourne. He became an insurance agent and then a station owner in Western Australia, where he eventually became a Perth City Councillor, serving as Mayor 1913–1914. In 1919, Prowse was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the member for Swan, representing the Farmers' and Settlers' Association, which in 1920 solidified to become the Australian Country Party. Prowse transferred to the new seat of Forrest in 1922, allowing party colleague Henry Gregory (member for the abolished Dampier) to contest Swan. He served as chairman of committees from 1934 to 1943, the first member of his party to hold the position.[1]

Prowse held Forrest until his defeat in 1943 by future Labor minister Nelson Lemmon.[2] He died at his home in Donnybrook, Western Australia the following year.[3]


  1. ^ "Appendix 3—Deputy Speakers". House of Representatives Practice (7th ed.). Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Mr J.H. Prowse Dies". The Daily News. LXII (21, 567). Western Australia. 20 May 1944. p. 14 (FIRST EDITION). Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Edwin Corboy
Member for Swan
Succeeded by
Henry Gregory
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Forrest
Succeeded by
Nelson Lemmon