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Howard Raphael
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia

In office
12 April 1930 – 9 December 1944
Preceded by None (new seat)
Succeeded by William Read
Constituency Victoria Park
Personal details
Born (1900-06-13)13 June 1900
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died 9 December 1944(1944-12-09) (aged 44)
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Labor

Howard Stirling "Mick" Raphael (13 June 1900 – 9 December 1944) was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1930 until his death, representing the seat of Victoria Park. Outside of politics, his profession was dentistry.

Raphael was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Zara Jane (née Tuxford) and Joseph George Raphael. His great-uncle, William Wedd Tuxford, had been an MP in South Australia.[1] Raphael spent his early childhood in Adelaide, attending Pulteney Grammar School, and later moved to Perth, attending the Perth Boys School and St Patrick's Boys' School. He began working as a dental assistant after leaving school, and eventually became a dental surgeon.[2] Raphael was elected to the Perth City Council in 1924, and would hold a seat on the council for the rest of his life. He had a prominent position as chairman of the council's electricity and gas committee.[1]

At the 1930 state election, Raphael was elected to the newly created seat of Victoria Park. He was re-elected at four more state elections, on each occasion with larger majorities.[3] In October 1942, Raphael enlisted in a dental unit of the Australian Army, and was given the rank of captain.[4] He died suddenly in December 1944 (aged 44), while stationed in Sydney.[5] Raphael had been married twice, firstly to Vera Punston in 1925, with whom he had one son. He was widowed in 1932, and remarried in 1935 to Mary Stubbs, although he had no further children.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Howard Stirling Raphael – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. Raphael Park, InHerit. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  3. Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095. 
  4. RAPHAEL, HOWARD STIRLING, WW2 Nominal Roll. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  5. "CAPT H. S. RAPHAEL, M.L.A.", The West Australian, 11 December 1944.
Unrecognised parameter
New seat Member for Victoria Park
Succeeded by
William Read

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