William Parton was born on 23 April 1887 in Queensland, son of Thomas and Susan Parton. In 1911 he married Bessie Wisby at Balmain. There were two sons and a daughter of the marriage. He died at Glebe on 29 October 1952, aged 65 years. Bessie Parton died on 22 January 1979, aged 84 years.
Occupation & interests
Parton was employed of NSW Government Railways as an engine driver, travelling daily from his residence at 23 Leichhardt Street Glebe to Eveleigh Railway workshops.
Parton also stood as a State Labor candidate at the 1937 municipal elections but was defeated by the Independent Labor team led by Dr H.J.Foley.
Local government service
The resignation of Francis Miller forced a by-election in March 1927 when Parton was elected to Glebe Council.Preselection the December 1928 elections provided great theatre for locals with some candidates having ‘a fleet of cars at their disposal for canvassing’. Parton failed to gain preselection.
Hogan, Michael 2004, Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW
Sydney Morning Herald 8 August 1928 p. 16
Sydney Morning Herald 30 October 1952 p. 14