Tributes flow in for Marshall
TRIBUTES from both sides of politics are flowing in after the death of Arthur Marshall last week at the age of 83.
Born in Fremantle and educated at Wesley College, Mr Marshall’s long and diverse career included tennis player and coach, footballer, media commentator and member of parliament.
He always claimed his passion was football.
In 1958, he established the Arthur Marshall Tennis Academy and in later life became a sports commentator for the Seven Network.
Mr Marshall first contested a seat in the 1990 Fremantle by-election, winning the primary vote over Labor candidate Jim McGinty but lost after preferences.
He won Murray from Keith Read in 1993 but in 1994 the seat was abolished after a redistribution of boundaries and he was elected to the new seat of Dawesville in 1996.
He was re-elected in 2001 and retired in 2005.
Last year he launched his memoir, Never a Dull Moment.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman first met Mr Marshall in 1992 when he was the Labor candidate for Mandurah in the 1993 State Election and Mr Marshall was the candidate for Murray.
“Arthur went on to win his seat and I lost, but when I won a seat on Mandurah City Council in 1994 he was the first to congratulate me,’’ he said.
“He did the same in 2001 when I was elected to State Parliament.
Mr Templeman said Mr Marshall made a wonderful contribution to Mandurah and the Peel region as Member for Dawesville.