William Parker Henson

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Parker Henson
Chairman Sydney County Council
In office
January 1950 – January 1951
Preceded by John Cramer
Succeeded by Pat Hills
Alderman of the Sydney City Council
In office
2 December 1944 – 30 November 1962
Constituency Fitzroy Ward
Macquarie Ward
City Ward
Gipps Ward
Personal details
Born William Parker Henson
(1905-01-21)21 January 1905
Stanmore, New South Wales
Died 21 September 1999(1999-09-21) (aged 94)
Epping, New South Wales
Political party Civic Reform Association
Occupation Accountant
Company director
Website Councillor Parker Henson

[William] Parker Henson (21 January 1905 – 21 September 1999) was an Australian local government representative who represented the Civic Reform Association on the Council of the City of Sydney and as a Councillor and chairman of the Sydney County Council.[1] In business and professional life he was an accountant and company director.[2]

Early life[edit]

Henson was born in Stanmore, an inner-western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales. He was the only son of Eustace Horatious Henson and Isabel (née Parker) and had an older sister, Jean, and a younger sister, Phillis.[3] Henson attended his father's alma mater, Newington College (1918–1922), during the headmastership of the Rev Dr Charles Prescott.[4] He continued to live in Stanmore until 1930.

Working life[edit]

After school, Henson studied to become a chartered accountant and was the senior partner in the Sydney-based firm of Henson Gates & Co.[2] He was the managing director of William Andrews Printing Co Pty Ltd and a director of Howard Auto Cultivators Ltd and of Gosford Quarries Pty Ltd.[2]

Sydney City Council[edit]

Henson was elected for Fitzroy Ward on the Council of the City of Sydney on 2 December 1944 and served until 31 December 1948. he was the elected for Macquarie Ward on 4 December 1948 and served until 1 December 1950. He again was elected for Fitzroy Ward on 2 December 1950 and served until 4 December 1953. He was the elected for City Ward on 5 December 1953 and served until 4 December 1959 before finally being elected for Gipps Ward on 5 December 1959 and serving until 30 November 1962. Henson was a member of the Finance Committee from 1945 until 1959 and was its vice-chairman in 1948. He served on the City Planning and Improvements Committee from 1945 until 1948 and again from 1949 until 1959, the Health and Recreations Committee in 1948 and from 1960 until 1962 and also on the Works Committee from 1960 until his retirement from council in 1962.[1]

Sydney County Council[edit]

In 1946, Henson was elected as a Councillor on the Sydney County Council, which was the authority responsible for electricity supplies in Sydney. He continued to be an elected member of that council until 1966 and served as its Deputy chairman in 1948 and 1956 and chairman in 1950.[1]

United Australia Party[edit]

Henson was a member of the United Australia Party[5] and ran in the Electoral district of Hornsby in 1938.[6]

Community service[edit]

In 1942, Henson became a member of the NSW Board of the Federal Institute of Accountants and was vice-chairman in 1949.[7] He was NSW State President of the Australian Society of Accountants from 1953 to 1954.[8] Henson was an executive member of the Constitutional Association[9] and Secretary of the NSW Health Week Committee.[10][11]


Henson died at his Epping home aged 95 and was cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, it was requested that donations be sent to the Royal Blind Society.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Sydney's Alderman – William Parker Henson Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Who's Who in Australia 1950 (Melb, 1950) pp 337 Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ BDMs – NSW Births Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  4. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 87
  5. ^ "FINAL OPEN-AIR RALLIES". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 June 1937. p. 11. Retrieved 28 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "HENSON AND THE DIGGERS". The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers' Advocate. Parramatta, NSW. 24 March 1938. p. 8. Retrieved 28 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "Sir D. Copland To Discuss Employment". The Canberra Times. 20 October 1951. p. 4. Retrieved 28 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "ACCOUNTANCY & EDUCATION". The Barrier Miner. Broken Hill, NSW. 18 August 1954. p. 11. Retrieved 28 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
  9. ^ "LYING RUMORS". Windsor and Richmond Gazette. NSW. 18 March 1938. p. 5. Retrieved 28 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
  10. ^ "HEALTH WEEK COUNCIL". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 June 1939. p. 11. Retrieved 28 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
  11. ^ "HEALTH WEEK TOASTS DRUNK IN MILK". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 October 1947. p. 5. Retrieved 28 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
Government offices
Preceded by
John Cramer
Chairman of the Sydney County Council
1950 – 1952
Succeeded by
Pat Hills