Sir William John MACLEAY (1820 - 1891)**

  • Date of Birth: 13/06/1820
  • Place of Birth: Wick, Caithness, Scotland
  • Date of Death: 07/12/1891
  • Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

PositionStartEndPeriodNotes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council1 Mar 185529 Feb 185611mth(s) 29day(s)
An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the Pastoral Districts of Lachlan and Lower Darling
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly19 Apr 185628 Nov 187418yr(s) 7mth(s) 10day(s)
Member for Murrumbidgee10 Jun 18597 Jul 185928days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Member of the NSW Legislative Council27 Nov 18777 Dec 189114yr(s) 11day(s)
Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 29 October 1877
Member for Lachlan and Lower Darling19 Apr 185619 Dec 18571yr(s) 8mth(s) 1day(s)
1st (1856 - 1857)
Member for Lachlan and Lower Darling25 Jan 185811 Apr 18591yr(s) 2mth(s) 18day(s)
2nd (1858 - 1859)
Member for Murrumbidgee5 Dec 186010 Nov 18643yr(s) 11mth(s) 6day(s)
4th (1860 - 1864)
Member for Murrumbidgee10 Dec 186415 Nov 18694yr(s) 11mth(s) 6day(s)
5th (1865 - 1869)
Member for Murrumbidgee9 Dec 18693 Feb 18722yr(s) 1mth(s) 26day(s)
6th (1870 - 1872)
Member for Murrumbidgee7 Mar 187228 Nov 18742yr(s) 8mth(s) 22day(s)
7th (1872 - 1874)
Masters’ and Servants’ Acts Constitution Bill Committee No.813 Aug 185618 Mar 18577mths 6days
1st (1856 - 1857)
Navigation of the Murray, & c. Committee No.813 Apr 185826 Nov 18587mths 14days
2nd (1858 - 1859)
Dismissal of Mr F.Gorton Committee No.914 Sep 18594 Jul 18609mths 21days
2nd (1858 - 1859)
Case of Charles Wentworth Bucknell Committee No.1723 Sep 18594 Jul 18609mths 12days
2nd (1858 - 1859)
St Andrew's College Bill Committee No.2414 Oct 18594 Jul 18608mths 21days
2nd (1858 - 1859)
Grievances Committee No.266 Dec 18594 Jul 18606mths 29days
2nd (1858 - 1859)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.728 Sep 18609 Nov 18601mth 13days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.916 Jan 186111 May 18613mths 26days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Petition of Mr N.L Kentish Committee No.723 Jan 186111 May 18613mths 19days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Wahgunyah Murray Bridge Company’s Bill Committee No.2119 Feb 186111 May 18612mths 23days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.46 Sep 186120 Jan 18624mths 15days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Wagga Wagga Bridge Company’s Bill Committee No.727 Sep 186120 Jan 18623mths 25days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.629 May 186217 Jun 186220days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Mr Charles Phillips Lawrence Committee No.195 Aug 186229 Oct 18622mths 25days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Gibson’s Estate Bill Committee No.272 Sep 18624 Sep 18623days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Morehead and Young’s Railway Bill Committee No.282 Sep 186215 Oct 18621mth 14days
4th (1860 - 1864)
State of Manufactures and Agriculture in the Colony Committee No.262 Sep 186212 Dec 18623mths 11days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Pacific Fire and Marine Insurance Company’s Incorporation Bill Committee No.3921 Oct 186224 Oct 18624days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.725 Jun 186310 Sep 18632mths 17days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Harbour Defences Committee No.61 Jul 186320 Oct 18633mths 20days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman
Reservations upon Runs in Tumut District Committee No.2529 Sep 186311 Mar 18645mths 12days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Cox’s Marriage Settlement Bill Committee No.291 Dec 186316 Dec 186316days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.420 Oct 18649 Nov 186421days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Bank of New South Wales Incorporation Act Amendment Bill Committee No.325 Dec 186412 Feb 1864
4th (1860 - 1864)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.231 Jan 186531 Mar 18652mths 1day
5th (1865 - 1869)
Harbour Defences Committee No.132 May 18658 Jun 18651mth 7days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Mrs Callaghan Committee No.1919 May 186515 Jun 186528days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Coal Wharf, Newcastle Committee No.2115 Jun 186521 Jun 18657days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Refreshment Room Committee No.425 Jul 186518 Mar 18671yr 7mths 22days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.524 Oct 18657 Apr 18665mths 15days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Refreshment Room Committee No.425 Oct 18657 Apr 18665mths 14days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Disease in Fruit Trees Committee No.631 Oct 18657 Apr 18665mths 8days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Present State of the Colony Committee No.77 Nov 186528 Mar 1865
5th (1865 - 1869)
Proposed Amendments in Electoral Act of 1858 Committee No.179 Mar 18664 Apr 186627days
5th (1865 - 1869)
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.124 Jul 186624 Jul 18661day
5th (1865 - 1869)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.726 Jul 186622 Dec 18664mths 27days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Disease in Fruit Trees Committee No.531 Jul 186613 Sep 18661mth 14days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Hartley Kerosene Oil and Paraffine Company’s Incorporation Bill Committee No.94 Sep 186625 Sep 186622days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Proposed Electoral Alterations Committee No.1225 Sep 186613 Dec 18662mths 19days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Fisheries Act Amendment Bill Committee No.202 Nov 18662 Dec 18661mth 1day
5th (1865 - 1869)
Oyster Fisheries Protection Bill Committee No.7+2 Jul 186727 Apr 18689mths 26days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.52 Jul 186727 Apr 18689mths 26days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Refreshment Room Committee No.43 Jul 186727 Apr 18689mths 25days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Claims of Mr Bartholomew Rush Committee No.1722 Nov 18671 Apr 18684mths 11days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Removal of Mr Samuel Charles from the Commission of the Peace Committee No. 259 Apr 186824 Apr 186816days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Alleged Conspiracy for purposes of Treason and Assassination Committee No.315 Dec 18683 Feb 18691mth 20days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Chairman
Refreshment Room Committee No.615 Dec 186824 Mar 18693mths 10days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Removal of Mr Samuel Charles from the Commission of the Peace Committee No.1227 Jan 186923 Mar 18691mth 25days
5th (1865 - 1869)
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.128 Sep 186928 Sep 18691day
5th (1865 - 1869)
Refreshment Room Committee No.429 Sep 186913 Nov 18691mth 16days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.65 Oct 186913 Nov 18691mth 9days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Claims of Mr Bartholomew Rush Committee No.88 Oct 186913 Nov 18691mth 6days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Railway Extension Committee No.1528 Oct 186911 Nov 186915days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Chairman
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.11 Feb 18701 Feb 18701day
6th (1870 - 1872)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.72 Feb 18709 Mar 18701mth 8days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Refreshment Room Committee No.42 Feb 18707 May 18703mths 6days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Railway Extension Committee No.53 Feb 187025 Mar 18701mth 23days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Chairman
Oyster Fisheries Committee No.1715 Mar 18707 May 18701mth 23days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Claims of Bartholomew Rush Committee No.2412 Apr 18707 May 187026days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Claims of Mr Bartholomew Rush Committee No.725 Aug 187023 Sep 187030days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Claims of Mr Spencer, of Gundagai Committee No.139 Dec 187022 Jun 18716mths 14days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Chairman
Yass Roman Catholic Church Land Bill Committee No.2018 Apr 187122 Jun 18712mths 5days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Refreshment Room Committee No.415 Nov 18711 Feb 18722mths 18days
6th (1870 - 1872)
The Civil Service Committee No.621 Nov 18711 Feb 18722mths 12days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Refreshment Room Committee No.512 Jun 187213 Aug 18722mths 2days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Administration of the Land Law Committee No.145 Jul 18726 Aug 18721mth 2days
6th (1870 - 1872)
The Civil Service Committee No.1630 Jul 18722 Aug 18724days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Refreshment Room Committee No.56 Nov 18725 Mar 18733mths 28days
7th (1872 - 1874)
The Civil Service Committee No.612 Nov 18725 Mar 18733mths 22days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Telegraphic Communication Committee No.1717 Dec 187224 Apr 18734mths 8days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Administration of the Land Law Committee No.1617 Dec 187224 Apr 18734mths 8days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Customs Seizure of Goods at Mulwala Committee No.26187323 Apr 18732mths 10days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Deniliquin and Moama Railway Bill Committee No.2912 Mar 187328 Mar 187317days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Refreshment Room Committee No.410 Sep 187325 Jun 18749mths 16days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Administration of the Land Law Committee No.512 Sep 187324 Jun 18749mths 13days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Payment of Duty on Tobacco Committee No.154 Nov 187312 Dec 18731mth 9days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Macquarie-street Roman Catholic School Site Sale Bill Committee No.2216 Jan 187422 Jan 18747days
7th (1872 - 1874)
The Sydney Museum Committee No.2724 Feb 187418 May 18742mths 25days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Refreshment Room No.44 Nov 187417 Nov 187414days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Administration of the Land Law Committee No.917 Nov 187426 Nov 187410days
7th (1872 - 1874)

Community Activity

Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1841. On the Board of the National School, Wagga Wagga.


Qualifications, occupations and interests

Pastoralist. Educated at Edinburgh Academy and studied Medicine at University of Edinburgh 1834 until 1836. Arrived in Sydney in 1839. Had vineyard near Wagga Wagga in 1870s. Founder of Murrumbidgee Turf Club in 1852. Trustee of Free Public Entomological Society of New South Wales in 1862. Patron of science. Trustee of Australian Museum. Founder of Union Club of 1856. Freemason.


Military Service

Captain of the Sydney Volunteer Artillery 1861 until 1866.


Honours Received

Knighted in 1889.


Personal

Son of Kenneth Macleay and Barbara Horne. Married Susan Emmeline Thomson, daughter of Edward Deas Thomson, in 1857 and had no issue. Church of England.


Additional Information

Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Sir William Macleay - papers, 1856 - 1894 (MLMSS 565)