Walter Parsons (politician)

Walter Langdon Parsons (16 August 1881 – 2 March 1955) was an Australian politician.

Walter Parsons
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Angas
In office
14 November 1925 – 12 October 1929
Preceded byMoses Gabb
Succeeded byMoses Gabb
Personal details
Born(1881-08-16)16 August 1881
Adelaide, South Australia
Died2 March 1955(1955-03-02) (aged 73)
NationalityAustralian
Political partyNationalist Party of Australia
OccupationShopkeeper

Parsons was born at North Adelaide, the son of politician John Langdon Parsons and half-brother of Herbert Angas Parsons.[1][2] He was educated at Queen's School, Angaston Public School and Whinham College. He worked for D & W Murray Limited from 1898, and in 1906 became a storekeeper in Gladstone, operating the Gladstone branch of F. C. Catt Specialty Stores. He renamed the store the W. L. Parsons Stores in 1912.[1][3] In local government, Parsons was mayor of the Corporate Town of Gladstone from 1914 to 1916.[4] He attempted to enlist for World War I service on 1 November 1918, but was deferred at the recruiting depot.[5]

Parsons sold his Gladstone stores in 1919 and became a citrus grower at Paradise. In January 1922, he bought E. J. Woodroffe's store in Kadina, and operated it as W. Parsons & Co. until closing the business in December 1925 upon his election to parliament.[6][7] He moved to Haldon Gardens (now in Kensington Park) by 1925, and served as a District Council of Burnside councillor for the Kensington Park Ward. Parsons was also a lay reader of the Anglican Church for over 20 years, a member of the standing committees of the Willochra and later Adelaide dioceses, and a vice-president of the Demobilised Soldiers' Association.[1]

In 1925, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Nationalist member for Angas, defeating sitting Labor MP Moses Gabb.[8] He held the seat until his defeat by Gabb in 1929, whereupon he became an insurance agent. Parsons died in 1955.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "MR. W. L. PARSONS". The Kadina And Wallaroo Times. LIX, (6827). South Australia. 24 June 1925. p. 2. Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. ^ "Parsons, John Langdon (1837–1903)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Advertising". The Areas' Express. XXXV, (2, 259). South Australia. 26 July 1912. p. 3. Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ Hosking, P. (1936). The Official civic record of South Australia : centenary year, 1936. Adelaide: Universal Publicity Company. p. 596.
  5. ^ "No title". The Areas' Express. XLI, (2, 577). South Australia. 8 November 1918. p. 2. Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ "Advertising". The Kadina And Wallaroo Times. LVI, (5897). South Australia. 25 January 1922. p. 3. Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  7. ^ "Advertising". The Kadina And Wallaroo Times. LIX, (6872). South Australia. 23 December 1925. p. 3. Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ "MR. GABB BEATEN". Queensland Times. LXVI, (12, 282). Queensland, Australia. 24 November 1925. p. 5 (DAILY.). Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  9. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
Civic offices
Preceded by
J. Eley
Mayor of Gladstone (SA)
1914–1916
Succeeded by
F. C. Grubb
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Moses Gabb
Member for Angas
1925 – 1929
Succeeded by
Moses Gabb