Beckett, Robert

Born 28 November 1862 (London)
Died 2 June 1917. (Surrey Hills. Box Hill cemetery)
Parents: Robert, printer, and Eliza Bartholomew
Marriage: 30 April 1903, Sydney, New South Wales, Ethel Anna Wells; 1d.
Occupation: Solicitor
Religion: Methodist
Education: Matriculated; came under notice of Joseph Hood (Malleson, England & Stewart) who secured him articles with Abbott & Eales.

Career: Arrived Vic. 1867; at ten employed in Walker and May printing house; returned to school and matriculated. Office boy for legal firm Malleson, England & Stewart; admitted solicitor 1889; co-partner with Abbott & Eales 1891-1896, Abbott & Beckett from 1897, Abbott, Beckett & Stillman from 1916; president Law Institute 1908-1909; commissioner Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works 1904-1916; v-president Swinburne Technical College; chairman Municipal Building Regulations conference, Outer Suburbs Tram conference; Methodist Sunday School superintendent for 30 years; his wife a former missionary in China. Boroondara shire councillor 1892-1902, president 1894-1895, Camberwell shire 1902-1905, borough 1905, town 1906, city 1914, 1902-1917, president 1903-1904, mayor 1907-1908.

Party: Non-Labor

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCEast YarraJune 1913 June 1917Died in Office

Other seats contested: Eastern Suburbs (Legislative Assembly) 1897.
Appointments: Consolidation of Laws committee 1914-1915. W. C. Angliss committee 1915
References: Victoria, 'Parliamentary Debates' 27 June 1917, 4-10; Age, Argus 4 June 1917; Box Hill Reporter 8 June 1917
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: 1985 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.