Mr Bourn RUSSELL (1794 - 1880)**
- Date of Birth: 01/12/1794
- Place of Birth: Rye, Sussex, England
- Date of Death: 04/07/1880
- Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||28 Mar 1856||5 Aug 1856||4mth(s) 9day(s)|
|Member of the NSW Legislative Council||20 Aug 1858||13 May 1861||2yr(s) 8mth(s) 24day(s)|
|First (Quinquennial) Appointments under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 17 August 1858.|
|Member of the NSW Legislative Council||3 Sep 1861||4 Jul 1880||18yr(s) 10mth(s) 2day(s)|
|Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 24 June 1861|
|Member for Northumberland Boroughs||28 Mar 1856||5 Aug 1856||4mths 9days|
1st (1856 - 1857)
|Election voided on the Report of the Elections and Qualifications Committee, on a petition lodged against his election.|
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Retired factory owner of independent means. Educated at Free Grammar School in Rye and then at Edmonton and then under Reverend William Fuller in Sussex. Apprenticed to sea in 1810; by 21 was a ships commander. Soon after became captain and then part owner of a vessel trading chiefly in China and South Seas from 1815 until 1824. Went into whaling. Brought wife and children to New South Wales in 1834; settled at Maitland in 1844 and lost everything in the depression. Operated boiling down works at Stoney Creek in 1846; venture prospered and he sold out having acquired independent means. Father of New South Wales government astronomer.
Son of Bourn Russell, commander of merchant ship, and Hannah Russell. Married Jane Macreth in 1815 in England and had issue, 2 daughters and 5 sons. Congregationalist.
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Bourn Russell - journal, 1830 - 1832, with later annotations 1839 - 1846, along with incidental papers, 1820 - 1829 (MLMSS 3532); photographs in the PICMAN Database.
Warwick Hirst, "Bourn to be Wild", The Bulletin, 11 July 1995, pp. 34 - 35.
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