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Former Member Details

Mr Walter Richard LAWRENCE (1895 - 1966)

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Date of Birth: 03/01/1895
Place of Birth: Lawsons Creek near Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 24/03/1966
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 03 Mar 1956 05 Feb 1962 5 years 11 months 3 days
Member for Drummoyne 03 Mar 1956 16 Feb 1959 2 years 11 months 14 days
Member for Drummoyne 21 Mar 1959 05 Feb 1962 2 years 10 months 16 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Woolclasser. Station manager and Policeman. Spent youth on parents farm. Educated in country schools, learnt woolclassing; employed on Ellerslie station between Adelong and Tarcutta in 1918, manager from 1919 until 1922; joined police force, started at Clarence Street station, transferred to Criminal Investigation Branch, organised Stock Squad, Detective Sergeant, later became Superintendent of traffic branch and Deputy Commissioner, retired in 1954; helped to establish police rifle club, Captain; established a hostel for first offenders in 1924; in retirement became president of Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, founded Animal Welfare League; Honorary Administrator of Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs; member of Good Neighbour Council; President of Drummoyne Road Safety Council; Freemason; Methodist lay preacher, circuit steward, active in Sydney City Mission.
Military Service
Served in Australian Infantry Forces from 1914 until 1918, Sergeant Major of permanent instructional staff
Honours Received
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1966
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman at Drummoyne in 1966
Son of Charles Lawrence, farmer, and Esther Barton. Married Alethia James in August 1918 and had issue, 2 daughters and 2 sons. Funeral at North Shore Lawn cemetery from North Croydon Methodist church.
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