Sir Thomas Livingstone MITCHELL (1792 - 1855)**

  • Date of Birth: 15/06/1792
  • Place of Birth: Craigend, Scotland
  • Date of Death: 05/10/1855
  • Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Parliamentary Service

PositionStartEndPeriodNotes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council1 Apr 184431 Aug 18445mth(s)
An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District of Port Phillip
Surveyor-General27 May 18285 Oct 185527yr(s) 4mth(s) 9day(s)

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Surveyor General. Educated to read widely in several languages and be proficient on several sciences. In 1827 became assistant surveyor general of New South Wales. In 1828 became surveyor general and in 1830 assumed sole responsibility for the Survey Department. Undertook numerous exploration expeditions for the purposes of surveying. Subject of a Royal Commission on 4 July 1855 into the Surveying Department. Before the report from the Commission was published, Mitchell contracted a a chill whilst surveying country between Nelligen and Braidwood. He developed pneumonia and died at his home in Sydney on 5th October 1855.


Military Service

In 1811 he was gazetted a second lieutenant in the 95th Regiment and in the peninsular war served at the battles of Ciudad, Rodrigo, Badajoz and Salamanca.


Honours Received

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Oxford University in 1839. Knighted in 1839.


Personal

Son of John Mitchell and his wife Janet Wilson. Married Mary Blunt, daughter of General Richard Blunt in June 1818 and had issue, 12 children.


Additional Information

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2