William Kearsley

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William Kearsley
Personal details
Born (1863-09-02)2 September 1863
Stafford, England
Died 19 June 1921(1921-06-19) (aged 57)
Granville, New South Wales
Political party Australian Labor Party

William Kearsley (2 September 1863 – 19 June 1921) was an Australian politician and member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1910 until 1921. He was a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) .

Kearsley was born in Stafford, England. He was educated to be a Methodist minister and emigrated to the northern New South Wales coal fields in 1888. After an initially career as a preacher he became a coal miner and was then elected as an official in the miners' union in 1907. He was elected unopposed to the seat of Northumberland at a by-election caused by the resignation of Matthew Charlton who contested the seat of Hunter at the 1910 federal election. He retained the seat of Northumberland until it was abolished at the 1913 state election. He was then elected to the seat of Cessnock and retained it until the introduction of multi-member seats and proportional representation at the 1920 state election . Kearsley was one of five members elected for the seat of Newcastle at the subsequent election. He died in the following year and was replaced by David Murray. He did not hold ministerial or party office.[1]


  1. ^ "Mr William Kearsley (1863–1921)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Matthew Charlton
Member for Northumberland
1910 – 1913
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New Seat
Member for Cessnock
1913 – 1920
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arthur Gardiner
Member for Newcastle
1920 – 1921
Served alongside: Connell, Estell, Gardiner, Fegan
Succeeded by
David Murray