Ray Aston

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Ray Aston
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Electoral district of Vaucluse
In office
31 May 1986 – 23 May 1988
Preceded by Rosemary Foot
Succeeded by Michael Yabsley
Minister for Corrective Services
In office
26 March 1988 – 23 May 1988
Preceded by John Akister
Succeeded by John Fahey
Personal details
Born Raymond William Aston
(1943-09-24)24 September 1943
Waverley, New South Wales
Died 23 May 1988(1988-05-23) (aged 44)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal
Parents William Aston (father)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Orthodontist

Raymond William "Ray" Aston (24 September 1943 – 23 May 1988) was an Australian politician. He was the Liberal member for Vaucluse in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1986 till his early death.

Ray Aston was born in the Sydney suburb of Waverley, the son of William Aston, who was Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives 1967–72. Having attended Waverley College, Aston graduated from the University of Sydney, becoming an orthodontist.[1] In 1986, he was selected as the Liberal candidate for a by-election to be held in the state seat of Vaucluse, which was being vacated by Liberal Deputy Leader Rosemary Foot. Aston was easily elected, gaining over 70% of the vote, with Labor not contesting the by-election and his nearest rival, the Democrats, polling just over 10%.

At the 1988 state election Aston was comfortably re-elected and was appointed as Minister for Corrective Services. However Aston died suddenly, aged 44, in Sydney later that year.[2][3]


  1. ^ Parliament of New South Wales (2008). "Mr (Ray) Raymond William Aston". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Green, Antony (2010). "Contests for Vaucluse". NSW Election Database. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Death of the Honourable Dr Raymond Williams Aston, B.D.S., D.Orth., R.C.S., M.P., Minister for Corrective Services" (PDF). Hansard (PDF). Parliament of New South Wales: Legislative Council. 23 May 1988. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Rosemary Foot
Member for Vaucluse
Succeeded by
Michael Yabsley