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Former Member Details

Mr William AINSWORTH (1875 - 1945)

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Date of Birth: 16/06/1875
Place of Birth: Lambton, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 07/02/1945
Place of Death: Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 22 Dec 1925 22 Apr 1934 8 years 4 months 1 day Life appointment under the Constitution Act: Date of Writ of Summons 21 December 1925
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP)
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Engine-driver. Employed on a casual basis by the Railways Department as a cleaner, fireman and driver from 1894 until 1911. Joined the New South Wales Locomotive, Engine-Drivers, Firemen and Cleaners Association (which later became the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen) and was the New South Wales Secretary between 1911 and 1935. Resigned due to ill-health. Was a member of the 1917 strike committee. Ceased to be Member on the reconstitution of the Legislative Council in 1934.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of John Ainsworth, school master, and Sarah McKean. Unmarried. Church of England. Buried at Woronora cemetery.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Ainsworth family - papers, 1913 - 1952 (MLMSS 5872); photographs in the PICMAN Database.