The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Trickett, Hon. William Joseph
Trickett, Hon. William Joseph, M.L.C., son of Joseph Trickett, was born on Sept. 2nd, 1845, at Gibraltar, where his father, a civil engineer, was employed on the Government works. In 1854 he accompanied the latter, who was appointed manager of the coining department of the Sydney branch of the Royal Mint, to New South Wales, where he was admitted as a solicitor in 1866. Mr. Trickett, who has been several times Mayor of the Borough of Woolaton, represented Paddington in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1878 to Dec. 1887, when he resigned and was appointed a member of the Legislative Council. He was Postmaster-General in the Stuart Government from May 1883 to May 1884, when he took the position of Minister of Public Instruction in the same Government, and retained office till Oct. 1885. He then occupied the same portfolio in the Dibbs Government until its resignation in Dec. 1885. Mr. Trickett was also Chairman of Committees in the Assembly for eight months, but resigned in consequence of illness. He is a justice of the peace, a trustee of the Art Gallery, a member of the State Children's Relief Board, is on the committee of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, an officeholder in several of the sporting clubs, a director of several mercantile institutions, and a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works.