Wiliam Davies was born on 1 January 1883 in Abertillery, Wales and worked in coal mines from the age of 12. He and his wife migrated to Australia in 1912 where he eventrually worked in coal mines in the Wollongong area. William Davies was a member and official the Australasian Coal and Shale Employees' (Miners') Federation in the Illawarra region.
He stood as a Labor candidate for the NSW Legislative Assembly in 1917. He won the seat of Wollongong and held it until 1949. During that time, the electorate was renamed several times. He served as Minister for Public Instruction in 19127 and Minister for Education from 1930 to 1932. In 1949 he resigned from state politics and won the federal seat of Cumnningham which he held until his death on 17 February 1956 in Wollongong.
William Davies was an old-style politician who readily welcomed members of the community at his office (114 Keira St, Wollongong) and at his home. His service to the community was recognised by a state funeral at the Wollongong Methodist Church in Crown St.
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