William Aston

Sir William John Aston, KCMG (19 September 1916 – 21 May 1997) was an Australian politician. Born in Sydney, he attended state schools before becoming an accountant and company director. He served in World War II from 1942 to 1944, and was involved in local politics as a member of Waverley Council. In 1955, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Phillip. He held the seat until 1961, when he was defeated by Syd Einfeld of the Labor Party. Aston returned to the House in 1963, defeating Einfeld. On 21 February 1967 Aston was elected Speaker. He held this position until the Liberal Government's defeat at the hands of Gough Whitlam in 1972, when Aston lost his seat. He died in 1997.[1][2] His sons included Ray Aston, the member of the NSW Legislative Assembly who died young in 1988.

Sir William Aston

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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Phillip
In office
10 December 1955 – 9 December 1961
Preceded byJoe Fitzgerald
Succeeded bySyd Einfeld
In office
30 November 1963 – 2 December 1972
Preceded bySyd Einfeld
Succeeded byJoe Riordan
14th Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
In office
21 February 1967 – 2 November 1972
Preceded bySir John McLeay
Succeeded byJim Cope
Personal details
Born(1916-09-19)19 September 1916
Died21 May 1997(1997-05-21) (aged 80)
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia (NSW Division)
ChildrenRay Aston Anne McCarthy Margaret Aston


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 6 June 2008.
  2. ^ Hill, Robert (26 May 1997). "CONDOLENCES: Sir William John Aston KCMG". Senate Hansard. Parliament of Australia. p. 3556. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Ken Weekes
Mayor of Waverley
Succeeded by
Carl Jeppesen
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Sir John McLeay
Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Jim Cope
Preceded by
Joe Fitzgerald
Member for Phillip
Succeeded by
Syd Einfeld
Preceded by
Syd Einfeld
Member for Phillip
Succeeded by
Joe Riordan