William Story (Australian politician)

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William Story
William Story.jpg
Senator for South Australia
In office
1 January 1904 – 3 April 1917
Succeeded by James Rowell
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Boothby
In office
5 May 1917 – 16 December 1922
Preceded by George Dankel
Succeeded by Jack Duncan-Hughes
Personal details
Born (1857-05-31)31 May 1857
Adelaide, South Australia
Died 13 July 1924(1924-07-13) (aged 67)
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1903–17)
Nationalist (1917–22)
Occupation Stonemason, bricklayer

William Harrison Story (31 May 1857 – 13 July 1924) was an Australian politician.


Born in Adelaide, he was educated at state schools before becoming a stonemason and bricklayer. He served as President of the Operative Masons and Bricklayers Society and the Adelaide Trades and Labour Council, and was mayor of the Town of Kensington and Norwood from 1901 to 1902.

In 1903, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Labor Senator from South Australia. In the 1916 Labor split, he was one of several Labor parliamentarians who joined Prime Minister Billy Hughes in leaving the Labor Party over the issue of conscription, eventually joining with the Commonwealth Liberal Party to form the Nationalist Party.

Story transferred to the House of Representatives in 1917, winning the seat of Boothby as a Nationalist. He was the first South Australian to have served in both houses of federal parliament. He held the seat until 1922, when he was defeated by Jack Duncan-Hughes, a member of the breakaway Liberal Party. Story died in 1924.[1]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
George Dankel
Member for Boothby
1917 – 1922
Succeeded by
Jack Duncan-Hughes