Vernon Winstanley

The Honourable
Vernon Winstanley

Vernon Winstanley - December 1909
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Charters Towers
In office
5 February 1908  27 April 1912
Serving with John Mullan
Preceded by Joe Millican
Succeeded by Robert Williams
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Queenton
In office
27 April 1912  11 June 1932
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born Vernon Winstanley
(1861-10-10)10 October 1861
Pilley, Yorkshire, England
Died 10 January 1938(1938-01-10) (aged 73)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Balmoral Cemetery
Nationality English Australian
Political party ALP
Spouse(s) Sarah Kate Brookes (m.1890 d.1940)
Religion Methodist

Vernon Winstanley (10 October 1861 – 10 January 1938) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]

Early days

Winstanley was born in Pilley, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas Winstanley and his wife Jane (née Wells).[1] He was educated in Pilley[1] and before the age of twelve was working in a coal mine. He came to Australia while still a young man and settled in Charters Towers where he took a leading part in worker's organisations.[2]

Political career

In 1900, Winstanley was a councilor on the Charters Towers Shire Council[2] and in 1908, standing for the Labour Party, he won the seat of Charters Towers in the Queensland Legislative Assembly. He moved to the seat of Queenton in 1912. He held Queenton for the next twenty years until retiring in 1932.[1]

During his time in state politics he was Government Whip from 1915 until 1929.[1]

Personal life

On the 5th February 1890, Winstanley married Sarah Kate Brookes and together had one son and six daughters.[1] He died at St Martin's Hospital, Brisbane in 1938[2] and his funeral proceeded from the Morningside Methodist Church to the Balmoral Cemetery.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Death of Mr. V. Winstanley The Courier Mail. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. Funeral Notices The Courier Mail. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Joe Millican
Member for Charters Towers
Served alongside: John Mullan
Succeeded by
Robert Williams
New seat Member for Queenton

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