Parker Williams

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Parker Williams
MLA for Newcastle
In office
Succeeded by Samuel Guthrie
Personal details
Born (1872-05-31)May 31, 1872
Brecknockshire, Wales
Died June 17, 1958(1958-06-17) (aged 86)
North Oyster, British Columbia
Political party Socialist Party of British Columbia
Spouse(s) Eleanor Price. (m. 1891)
Occupation farmer, miner

Parker Williams (May 31, 1872 – June 17, 1958) was a Welsh-born coal miner and political figure in British Columbia. He represented Newcastle in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1903 to 1918 as a Socialist and later as an independent Socialist and was British Columbia's first socialist MLA.[1] He was born in 1872[2] and worked as a coal miner in Wales, Alberta and Washington state. Williams also worked on railways in Ontario and British Columbia.[2] In 1891, he married Eleanor Price.[3] Williams lived in Nanaimo.[2] In 1917, he resigned his seat in the assembly after he was named a commissioner for the Worker's Compensation Board[4] and he served in that function until he retired in April 1943. He also was responsible for administering the Mothers Pension Act and the Old Age Pension Act. Williams died at the age of 85 on his farm[3] near Ladysmith.[5][6]


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  2. ^ a b c Who's who in western Canada. Canadian Press Association. 1911. p. 381. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Parker Williams fonds". Nanaimo Community Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Electoral History of British Columbia, 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  5. ^ "Vital Event Death Registration". BC Archives. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
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