Evans, William John

Born 18 April 1856 (Ballarat, Victoria)
Died 22 August 1914. (Surrey Hills. Box Hill cemetery)
Parents: John, railways time-keeper, and Harriet Denman, both b. England
Marriage: 18 Jan 1882 Elizabeth Jane Simmons
Occupation: Engine-driver and union secretary

Career: Grocer's boy at Ballarat; to Melbourne with family and joined Vic. Railways as carriage-cleaner, later fireman and engine-driver; secretary Locomotive Engineers Association, retired due to ill-health but returned to assist reorganisation after 1903 strike.

Party: Labor
Party Note: Legislative Council leader and one of the first two Labor reps to be elected to LC.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLCPublic and Railway OfficersJune 1904 March 1907 
MLCMelbourne NorthJune 1907 August 1914 

Other seats contested: Essendon (Legislative Assembly) 1907
Appointments: Attorney-General, Solicitor-General, and Minister of Public Health Dec 1913. Housing committee 1913.
References: Argus 24 Aug 1914; Labor Call 27 Aug 1914
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: 1985 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*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.