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Former Member Details

Mr Voltaire MOLESWORTH (1890 - 1934)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1890
Place of Birth: Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 05/11/1934
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 20 Mar 1920 18 Apr 1925 5 years 30 days
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 08 Sep 1932 22 Apr 1934 1 year 7 months 15 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 7 September 1932
Member for Cumberland 20 Mar 1920 17 Feb 1922 1 year 10 months 29 days
Member for Cumberland 25 Mar 1922 18 Apr 1925 3 years 25 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Secretary of Homebush branch, Granville state electorate council and Nepean federal electorate council, member of central executive from 1919 until 1920, delegate to federal conference in 1919; left party in 1925; publicity officer for Nationals and United Australia Party.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Journalist. Travelled as an infant to New Australia, Paraguay; commercial traveller, Sydney; joined staff of Cumberland Times in c.1911; worked for newspapers and became chief of staff in 1925, editor from 1927 until 1929; had proprietary interest in 'Turf Life'; president of Motion Picture Distributors of Australia in 1925; elected to district committee of Australian Journalists Association in 1915, treasurer from 1917 until 1919, president from 1919 until 1921; executive member of Industrial Vigilance Council from 1917 until 1919.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of James Molesworth, seaman, and Elizabeth Ellen Vibert. Married Ivy Vick in 1916 and had issue, 2 daughters and 1 son.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: 1. Voltaire Molesworth - papers, 1861 - 1866, 1909 - 1932 (MLMSS 71) 2. Voltaire Molesworth - papers, 1910 - 1934 (MLMSS 243). 3. Voltaire Molesworth - papers, 1897 - 1931 (MLMSS 398).