Walter Howarth

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Walter Howarth
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Maitland
In office
11 June 1932 – 6 February 1956
Preceded by Walter O’Hearn
Succeeded by Milton Morris
Personal details
Born 14 March 1882
Campbelltown, Colony of New South Wales
Died 12 July 1958
Maitland, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party United Australia (1932—1945)
Liberal Party (1945—1958)
Spouse(s) Edith Letitia Margaret Langlands
Children Two sons, Three daughter
Profession Politician/ Building contractor
Religion Presbyterian

Walter Arthur Harrex Howarth (14 March 1882 – 12 July 1958) was an Australian politician who represented the Maitland for the United Australia Party (1932—1945) and the Liberal Party of Australia (1945—1956). He was deputy leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party from 1946 to 1954.

Early life[edit]

Howarth was born to parents Walter Arthur Howarth, a bootmaker, and Elizabeth Ellen Peetwn at Campbelltown. Howarth jnr Married Edith Letitia Margaret Langlands on 3 February 1906 at Lidcombe and had five children through their marriage: three daughters and two sons. He was a building contractor and a carpenter by trade.[1]

Political career[edit]

Howarth first entered politics in 1926 as a Councillor of Bolwarra Shire until 1932, during which he was Shire President for one term. He contested the New South Wales Lower House seat of Maitland for the United Australia Party and won election on 11 June 1932.

Howarth was re-elected to the seat of Maitland at the 1935, 1938, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1950 and 1953. Whilst a member of Parliament Howarth was party Whip from 1941 until 1946 and was Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Division of the Liberal Party from 1946 until 1954 under Leader Sir Vernon Treatt.[1]


Howarth died on 12 July 1958. His funeral was held at Beresfield crematorium from Mackay Memorial Presbyterian church ministers at Rutherford.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Mr Walter Arthur Harrex HOWARTH (1882 - 1958)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Walter O’Hearn
Member for Maitland
1932 – 1956
Succeeded by
Milton Morris
Party political offices
Preceded by
Vernon Treatt
Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
1946 – 1954
Succeeded by
Robert Askin