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Mr William Eames KIRKNESS (1862 - 1944)

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Date of Birth: 22/01/1862
Place of Birth: Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 12/02/1944
Place of Death: Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 08 Nov 1927 22 Apr 1934 6 years 5 months 15 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 8 November 1927
Political Party Activity
National; councillor from 1922 until 1924.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Orchardist. Worked in a store at Gosford and Woy Woy; conducted a grocery business at Waverley c.1886 until 1888; farmed at Wisemans Ferry for one year, then at Central Colo; bankrupt in 1882, discharged in 1896; employed in a Newtown produce store in 1892; moved to Lithgow in 1893 then Kincumber, Gosford district in 1896, and to Bradys Gully, Gosford in 1898, orchardist; director of Jusfrute Limited, chairman for many years; member of Gosford Agricultural Association for over 20 years; president for three terms; executive member of Fruitgrowers Association of New South Wales. vice president in 1920, and delegate to interstate conferences; member of Land Board and district coroner in 1921; secretary of Gosford Progress Association; foundation member of Gosford Bulk Loading Society; chairman from 1933 until 1940; Methodist lay preacher.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Councillor of Gosford in c.1900.
Son of James Flett, machinist and gunsmith, and Emma Eames. Married Mary Dunlop on 30 June 1887 and had issue, 1 daughter and 5 sons. Buried in Point Clare cemetery with funeral from Gosford Methodist church.
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