The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Zeal, Hon. William Austin
Zeal, Hon. William Austin, M.L.C., M.Inst.C.E., Postmaster-General, Victoria, comes of a Devonshire family, and was born on Dec. 5th, 1830. He has long been in practice in Melbourne as a civil engineer. He was elected to the Legislative Council of Victoria in 1882 for the North-Central province, and on the reconstruction of the Shiels Ministry in April 1892, was appointed Postmaster-General and representative of the Government in the Upper House.