Mr James BYRNES (1806 - 1886)**

  • Date of Birth: 15/01/1806
  • Place of Birth: Edgeworthstown, County Longford, Ireland
  • Date of Death: 17/09/1886
  • Place of Death: Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

PositionStartEndPeriodNotes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council1 Mar 185030 Jun 18511yr(s) 3mth(s) 30day(s)
An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the County of Cumberland
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly16 Jun 185726 Mar 18613yr(s) 9mth(s) 11day(s)
Member of the NSW Legislative Council13 May 186113 May 18611day(s)
Did not take his seat. First (Quinquennial) Appointments under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 10 May 1861.
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly24 Nov 18643 Feb 18727yr(s) 2mth(s) 11day(s)
Member for Cumberland (South Riding)16 Jun 185719 Dec 18576mth(s) 4day(s)
1st (1856 - 1857)
Member for Parramatta19 Jan 185811 Apr 18591yr(s) 2mth(s) 24day(s)
2nd (1858 - 1859)
Member for Parramatta18 Jun 185910 Nov 18601yr(s) 4mth(s) 24day(s)
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Member for Parramatta8 Dec 186026 Mar 18613mth(s) 19day(s)
4th (1860 - 1864)
Member for Parramatta24 Nov 186422 Jan 18661yr(s) 1mth(s) 30day(s)
5th (1865 - 1869)
Member for Parramatta31 Jan 186615 Nov 18693yr(s) 9mth(s) 16day(s)
5th (1865 - 1869)
Member for Parramatta17 Dec 186920 Dec 18701yr(s) 4day(s)
6th (1870 - 1872)
Member for Parramatta2 Jan 18713 Feb 18721yr(s) 1mth(s) 2day(s)
6th (1870 - 1872)
Secretary for Public Works22 Jan 186626 Oct 18682yr(s) 9mth(s) 5day(s)
Secretary for Public Works16 Dec 187013 May 18721yr(s) 4mth(s) 28day(s)
Kiama Steam Navigation Company’s Bill Committee No.2713 Jul 185826 Nov 18584mths 14days
2nd (1858 - 1859)
Governor General’s Opening Speech Committee No.19 Dec 18589 Dec 18581day
2nd (1858 - 1859)
Retrenchment in the Public Expenditure Committee No.714 Sep 18594 Jul 18609mths 21days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Condition of the Working Classes of the Metropolis Committee No.1930 Sep 18594 Jul 18609mths 5days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Mount Keira Tramroad Bill Committee No.2212 Oct 18594 Jul 18608mths 23days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Wesley College Bill Committee No.2112 Oct 18594 Jul 18608mths 23days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Chairman
St Andrew’s College Bill Committee No.2414 Oct 18594 Jul 18608mths 21days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Petition of Mrs Frances Dr Courcy Committee No.2518 Oct 18599 Nov 18601yr 23days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Petition of Alexander Berry, Esquire, Committee No.303 Feb 18604 Jul 18605mths 2days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Tanners and Curriers’ Bill Committee No.3729 Feb 18604 Jul 18604mths 6days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Chairman
Petition of Mr Alexander Berry Committee No.912 Oct 18609 Nov 186029days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Business of Tanners and Curriers Committee No.1219 Oct 18609 Nov 186022days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Church of England Synod Bill Committee No.1225 Apr 18659 May 186515days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Sydney Sewerage Committee No.1716 May 186521 Jun 18651mth 6days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Disease in Fruit Trees Committee No.631 Oct 18657 Apr 18665mths 8days
5th (1865 - 1869)
William Goodin Committee No.1121 Nov 186522 Dec 18651mth 2days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Disease in Fruit Trees Committee No.531 Jul 186613 Sep 18661mth 14days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Railway from Echuca to Deniliquin Committee No.1021 Sep 186620 Dec 18662mths 30days
5th (1865 - 1869)
City of Newcastle Gas and Coke Company’s Incorporation Bill Committee No.2122 Nov 186629 Nov 18668days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Railway from Echuca to Deniliquin Committee No.62 Jul 186727 Apr 18689mths 26days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Hartley Vale Colliery Railway Bill Committee No.1225 Sep 18678 Oct 186714days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Petition of Thomas Larkin Committee No.1327 Sep 186721 Apr 18686mths 26days
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.1227 Jan 186923 Mar 18691mth 25days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Robert’s Trust Bill Committee No.75 Oct 186913 Nov 18691mth 9days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Claims of Mr Bartholomew Rush Committee No.88 Oct 186913 Nov 18691mth 6days
5th (1865 - 1869)
The Bank of New South Wales Bill of 1870 Committee No.152 Mar 187015 Mar 187014days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Tolls on Government Bridges Committee No.1922 Mar 18707 May 18701mth 16days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Claims of Mr Bartholomew Rush Committee No.725 Aug 187023 Sep 187030days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Coal Staithes at Newcastle Committee No.1425 Jan 187113 Jun 18714mths 20days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Parramatta Gas Company’s Incorporation Bill Committee No.87 Dec 187114 Dec 18718days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Chairman
Circular Quay Committee No.1023 Jan 18721 Feb 187210days
6th (1870 - 1872)

Community Activity

Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace. A leading Methodist layman. Played a role in the erection of the first Methodist Church in Parramatta. Sunday school teacher and circuit steward in Parramatta. President of Parramatta Hospital Board from 1869 to 1873 and was associated with the Parramatta Benevolent Society.


Qualifications, occupations and interests

First employment was as an apprentice carpenter. At a later time became a successful builder. In the 1830's was a pioneer of steam ferry transport on the Parramatta River with his brother William (member of the Legislative Council from 1858-1861 and 1861-1891). They built a steam flour mill in 1840-1841 and later wool and cloth mills. In 1862, they employed around 50 people. Also jointly owned the largest store in Parramatta. Manufacturer; storekeeper; company director. Director of the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company and of Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Company. Trustee of the Parramatta Savings Bank and a Valuer with the Public Works Department in 1875 to 1886.


Local Government Activity

Alderman of Parramatta and its Mayor between 1862-1866.


Personal

Son of James Byrnes and his wife Frances Morehouse. Arrived in New South Wales with his family in July 1808. Volunteered for garrison duty and was attached to the New South Wales Corps and later the 73rd Regiment. James (Jr) had little education. Married (1) Ruth Barber in 1826 at Parramatta and had issue, 5 sons and 1 daughter. Married (2) Ann Harris at Mudgee on 30 September 1852 and had issue, 1 daughter. Wesleyan Methodist.


Additional Information

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3 Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: James Byrnes - papers, 1866 - 1870 (MLMSS 1366)