Mr William Matthew CURREY, V. C. (1895 - 1948)**

  • Date of Birth: 19/09/1895
  • Place of Birth: Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 30/04/1948
  • Place of Death: Bexley, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly10 May 194130 Apr 19486yr(s) 11mth(s) 21day(s)
Member for Kogarah10 May 194124 Apr 19442yr(s) 11mth(s) 15day(s)
33rd (1941 - 1944)
Member for Kogarah27 May 194429 Mar 19472yr(s) 10mth(s) 3day(s)
34th (1944 - 1947)
Member for Kogarah3 May 194730 Apr 194811mth(s) 28day(s)
35th (1947 - 1950)

Political Party Activity

Australian Labor Party (ALP).

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Railway worker. Educated at Dudley and Plattsburg public schools; employed as a wire worker at Wallsend and Leichhardt; joined Railways department, storeman from 1919 until 1941; resigned; member of Australian Railways Union; active member of Returned Serviceman's League; staff of sergeant training from 1939 until 1945 war.

Military Service

Served in Australian Infantry Forces from 1916 until 1919, 53rd Battalion, France and was gassed, Victoria Cross in 1918, Private.

Honours Received

Awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for his part in the Australian attack at Peronne in France on 1 September 1918.


Son of William Robert Currey, miner, and Mary Ellen Lang. Married Emmie Davies on 10 April 1920 and had issue, 2 daughters. Woronora cremation from St Stephens Presbyterian church in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Additional Information

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8.