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Tuesday, 10 November 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) . - byleave - It is with very great regret that I have to inform the Senate of the death of the Honorable William Webster, a former member of the House of Representatives, who passed away at Parramatta, New South Wales, on the 8th October last. The late Mr. Webster first entered Parliament iu July, 1901, when he was elected to represent the Division of Moree in the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. At the general election of 1903, he was elected as member for Gwydir in the House of Representatives, and retained that seat until the general election of 1919. During the years 1908 to 1910, the late gentleman was a member of the Royal Commission on Postal Services. In October, 1915, he was appointed Postmaster-General in the Hughes Ministry, and held that portfolio until February, 1920. He was a man of strong personal character, unsparing in his efforts on behalf of the cause he represented, a staunch and true friend, and a colleague in whom one could place implicit trust. I greatly regret his passing, and it is fitting that we should convey to his widow and family a resolution of sympathy. I move -

That this Senate expresses its profound regret at the death of the Honorable William Webster, a former member of the New South Wales and Commonwealth Parliaments, and Commonwealth Minister of State, places on record its appreciation of his distinguished public service., and tenders to his widow and. family its deep sympathy in their bereavement.

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