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Arthur Charles Staples (1910–1997), educationist, historian, and philanthropist, was born at Bunbury.
His MA dissertation became a book, They Made Their Destiny: History of Settlement of the Shire of Harvey 1829–1929 (1979), an account of how European farmers adjusted to the region’s environment.
He taught at Perth Modern School 1945-46. Later, he was a lecturer at Graylands Teachers College, and then Vice-Principal of Mt Lawley TC.
In 1959 Staples had been a foundation member of the National Trust of Australia (WA). Elected to the council of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, he served as secretary and president (1958–59) and was a regular contributor to the society’s journal.
Staples, A.C. 1948, 'Outline of history of settlement in Harvey District', Early Days, Vol. 3 Part 10.
Staples, A.C. 1955, 'The Prinsep estate in Western Australia', Early Days, vol. 5, part 1.
Staples, A.C. 1955, 'Henry Charles Prinsep', Early Days, vol. 5, part 1.
Staples, A.C. 1961 , 'The first ten years in the Swan River Colony (some old errors corrected)', Early Days, vol. 5, part 7.
Staples, A. C. 1965, 'Marshall Waller Clifton', Early Days, vol. 6, part 4.
Staples, A.C. 1977, 'The Prinsep dynasty', Early Days, vol. 8, part 1.
Staples, A.C. 1994, 'Spanish colonial influence on Sir James Stirling', Early Days, vol. 10, part 5.
Jaggard, E, ADB article, online 2021, ed. Malcolm Albrook, from which the summary above is derived.
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