Photo of Plaque A13: This plaque honours Colonel Herbert Collett
Member Centenary Committee
Companion (Order of) St Michael and St George, Distinguished Service Order
Committee group
Executive; Country organisation
Year of death
Plaque number
Dedicated by
Kings Park Board on 29 September 1929
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Biography abstract:

Herbert Brayley Collett (12/11/1877 - 15/8/1947) was born in Guernsey and came to Western Australia in 1884.

He worked at the public library and was appointed sub-librarian in 1897. He was Assistant General Secretary of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery between 1915-1933.

He had a distinguished military career - he joined the WA Voluntary Force (Metropolitan Rifle Volunteers) in 1894 and was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel in 1908.

He raised, organised and trained the 28 Battalion AIF in 1915 for service at Gallipoli (led them into evacuation), Egypt and France.

He was awarded DSO in 1917 and CMG 1919. He was Aide de camp to the Governor of Western Australia 1920-22 and to the Governor General 1922-26.

He was President of the RSL 1925-33, Senator 1933-41, serving in the Ministry of the Menzies and Fadden Governments.

He was Minister for Repatriation, Minister in charge of War Service Homes and for C.S.I.R. He was defeated at elections in 1946 and died in 1947.

Colonel Collett was a member of the Executive and Country Organisation groups of the Western Australian Centenary Committee in 1929.

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