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William Slater

20 January 1890 (Wangaratta, Victoria)
19 June 1960
William, salesman, and Marie O'Reilly

Religion: Unitarian

Marital Status: 1923 Mary Gordon, MSc; 2s. 1d.

Armadale State School, and South Yarra Try Boys Society


Born in Victoria, family moved to NSW. Arrived in Victoria after father's death (c.1892); office boy in solicitor's office; member Clerks Union 1910; law clerk Mildura 1912; Australian Imperial Force December 1915-1918 (service number 12405), 10th Field Ambulance, stretcher bearer, wounded France, invalided home April 1918; in fruit-growing partnership, Mildura; managing law clerk for Maurice Blackburn (q.v.) 1919-1922; admitted to practice as solicitor 1922; in partnership with M. Blackburn 1923-1924; established own practice Melbourne and Hamilton, later Melbourne only; first Aust. Minister to Soviet Union 1942-1943; president Law Institute 1928-1929; chief president Australian Natives Association 1926, director 1923-1960, honorary solicitor 1933-1960; president Vic. Society of Notaries

Australian Labor Party
HouseElectorateStart End
Legislative AssemblyDundas1 November 19171 April 1932Defeated
Legislative AssemblyDundas1 July 19321 October 1947Defeated
Legislative CouncilDoutta Galla1 June 19491 June 1960

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.
Inaugural Speech
Who's Who in Australia 1933-1959; Victoria, 'Parliamentary Debates' 14 Sept 1960, 5-9. 21-24; Labor Call 18 Sept 1924; Geelong Advertiser 28 Jan 1928; Table Talk 12 Jan 1929; Argus 13 Oct 1942; Age, SNP 20 June 1960; Lomas, L. G., 'The Western District Farmer 1914-27', PhD thesis, Monash Inversity, 1979; White, K. B., 'John Cain and Victorian Labor 1917-57', Sydney, 1982; Australian Dictionary of Biography, 16.

Last updated: 28th August 2019