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Corfield, William Henry

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Birth Date: 1843 (Yeovil, Somerset, England)

Death Date: 1 September 1927 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: James Corfield and Ann (nee Pitfield)

Family: Ellen Wood in Rockhampton on 20 December 1879, 1 son, 1 daughter

Education: Attended school in Yeovil, England

Religion: Church of England

Career

Worked on pastoral pursuits after arrival in Queensland in 1862; goldfields on Cape River and Palmer, North Queensland; Carrier to gold fields, by 1878 settled in Winton; Began partnership with R Fitzmaurice to open a store in Winton, 1878; In 1879 the partners bought a hotel and acquired land


Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly MIN Gregory 28 Apr 1888 25 Mar 1899

Additional Information

Notes: Strong advocate of the Winton railway line, which opened in 1899; Discovered his 'gift' of water-divining in 1906

Publications: Reminiscences of Queensland 1862-1899, Brisbane 1929

Sources: Image courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg: 115732; Australian Dictionary of Biography, V3: 1851-1890; Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)