Mr William FOLSTER (1894 - 1954)**

  • Date of Birth: 27/03/1894
  • Place of Birth: Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of Death: 23/11/1954
  • Place of Death: Orange, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly25 Oct 193018 May 19321yr(s) 6mth(s) 24day(s)
Member for Orange25 Oct 193018 May 19321yr(s) 6mth(s) 24day(s)
29th (1930 - 1932)

Political Party Activity

Australian Labor Party (ALP). President of electorate councils. Joined the Heffron group in 1939

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Engineer. Arrived in Orange as a child. Educated at Orange East public school; served an engineering apprenticeship with 'Cocky' Robinson, joined Railways Department in Wellington as a fitter in 1915, dismissed in strike, re-employed from 1917 until 1920 at Wellington, Tenterfield from 1920 until 1924, steam shed inspector at Nyngan from 1924 until 1926, Murrurundi until 1927; resigned to open an engineering business in Orange; later was a boiler inspector for Western Districts. Worked for government during the war. Prominent in amateur musical performances. Keen footballer, swimmer and cyclist; Author


Son of James Folster, terracotta burner, and Elizabeth Whitworth. Married Vashti Lurline Hart on 29 July 1916 and had issue, 2 daughters. Congregationalist. Burial at Orange cemetery from Congregationalist church.

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