Corfield, William Henry


Corfield, William Henry
Birth Date: 1843 (Yeovil, Somerset)
Death Date: 1 September 1927 (Brisbane, Queensland)
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


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
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)
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