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Former Member Details

The Hon. William George ASHFORD (1874 - 1925)

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Date of Birth: 09/08/1874
Place of Birth: Sparks Creek near Scone, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 23/03/1925
Place of Death: Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 13 Apr 1910 26 Jul 1922 12 years 3 months 14 days
Member for Upper Hunter 13 Apr 1910 14 Sep 1910 5 months 2 days By-election – elected for balance of term of W. M. Fleming
Member for Liverpool Plains 28 Oct 1911 06 Nov 1913 2 years 10 days
Member for Liverpool Plains 06 Dec 1913 21 Feb 1917 3 years 2 months 16 days
Member for Liverpool Plains 24 Mar 1917 18 Feb 1920 2 years 10 months 26 days
Member for Wammerawa 20 Mar 1920 17 Feb 1922 1 year 10 months 29 days
Member for Wammerawa 25 Mar 1922 26 Jul 1922 4 months 2 days
Minister of Agriculture 29 Jan 1914 23 Feb 1915 1 year 26 days
Minister of Agriculture 15 Mar 1915 01 Jun 1915 2 months 18 days
Secretary for Lands 12 Jan 1915 15 Nov 1916 1 year 10 months 4 days
Minister of Agriculture 09 Feb 1920 12 Apr 1920 2 months 4 days
Secretary for Lands and Minister for Forests 15 Nov 1916 12 Apr 1920 3 years 4 months 29 days
Seizure of Timber, Plant &c. and Prosecution of James Ambrose Taylor Committee No.13 15 Oct 1912 04 Dec 1912 1 month 20 days
Michael Gleeson’s Application for a Selection, Land District of Dubbo Committee No.7 12 Aug 1913 23 Sep 1913 1 month 12 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Left ALP over conscription. Nationalist Party.
Community Activity
Trustee of the National Park in 1915; member of Universal Service League in 1915.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Farmer. Educated at Sparks Creek public school and worked on father's farm. Purchased a farm near Hawkesbury Agricultural College. Sold to return to Sparks Creek and spent time between his farm and Mosman residence. Keen sportsman, played cricket for the Northern Districts, also tennis and rifle shooting; author.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of John Ashford, selector, and his wife Rebecca Bell. Married Lily Charlotte Keys Brecht c.1904 at Scone and had issue, 4 sons. Church of England.
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