Mr John Bowie WILSON (1820 - 1883)**

  • Date of Birth: 17/06/1820
  • Place of Birth: Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Date of Death: 30/04/1883
  • Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

PositionStartEndPeriodNotes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly6 Jul 18593 Feb 187212yr(s) 6mth(s) 29day(s)
Member for Goldfields South6 Jul 185910 Nov 18601yr(s) 4mth(s) 5day(s)
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Member for Goldfields South5 Dec 186020 Oct 18632yr(s) 10mth(s) 16day(s)
4th (1860 - 1864)
Member for Goldfields South16 Nov 186310 Nov 186411mth(s) 26day(s)
4th (1860 - 1864)
Member for Patrick's Plains9 Dec 186422 Jan 18661yr(s) 1mth(s) 14day(s)
5th (1865 - 1869)
Member for Patrick's Plains8 Feb 186615 Nov 18693yr(s) 9mth(s) 8day(s)
5th (1865 - 1869)
Member for East Sydney23 Feb 187020 Dec 18709mths 28days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Member for East Sydney27 Dec 18703 Feb 18721yr(s) 1mth(s) 8day(s)
6th (1870 - 1872)
Secretary for Lands16 Oct 18632 Feb 18651yr(s) 3mth(s) 18day(s)
Secretary for Lands22 Jan 186626 Oct 18682yr(s) 9mth(s) 5day(s)
Secretary for Lands16 Dec 187013 May 18721yr(s) 4mth(s) 28day(s)
Governor General’s Opening Speech Committee No.131 Aug 185931 Aug 18591day
3rd (1859 - 1860)
University of Sydney Committee No.513 Sep 18594 Jul 18609mths 22days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Secondary Punishment Committee No.814 Sep 18594 Jul 18609mths 21days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Church and School Lands Committee No.1523 Sep 18594 Jul 18609mths 12days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Petition of Mr William Sutherland Committee No.207 Oct 18594 Jul 18608mths 28days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Chairman
Seat claimed by James Hoskins, Esquire, Committee No.2313 Oct 18594 Jul 18608mths 22days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
St Andrew’s College Bill Committee No.2414 Oct 18594 Jul 18608mths 21days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Petition of Alexander Berry, Esquire, Committee No.303 Feb 18604 Jul 18605mths 2days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Seizure of Opium per “Kate Hooper” Committee No.4113 Apr 18604 Jul 18602mths 22days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Alleged Embezzlement of Public Moneys by Corporal Francis Committee No.812 Oct 18609 Nov 186029days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Petition of Mr Alexander Berry Committee No.912 Oct 18609 Nov 186029days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Present System of Tendering for the Public Service Committee No.1116 Oct 18609 Nov 186025days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Public Prisons in Sydney and Cumberland Committee No.1423 Oct 18609 Nov 186018days
3rd (1859 - 1860)
Departure of the Governor General Committee No.415 Jan 186111 May 18613mths 27days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.916 Jan 186111 May 18613mths 26days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Shoalhaven Municipality – (Petition of Alex Berry, Esquire) Committee No.517 Jan 186111 May 18613mths 25days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Public Prisons in Sydney and Cumberland Committee No.823 Jan 186111 May 18613mths 19days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Present System of Tendering for the Public Service Committee No.1029 Jan 186111 May 18613mths 13days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Grievances Committee No.1329 Jan 186111 May 18613mths 13days
4th (1860 - 1864)
System of Tendering for Runs Committee No.155 Feb 186111 May 18613mths 7days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Unpaid Magistracy Committee No.1712 Feb 186111 May 18612mths 30days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Light-house, near Jervis Bay Committee No.1912 Feb 186111 May 18612mths 30days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Hosking’s Trust Bill Committee No.2219 Feb 186111 May 18612mths 23days
4th (1860 - 1864)
State and Management of the Sydney Domain Committee No.2019 Feb 186111 May 18612mths 23days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Mackenzie’s Marriage Settlement Trustees Bill Committee No.2319 Feb 186111 May 18612mths 23days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Wahgunyah Murray Bridge Company’s Bill Committee No.2119 Feb 186111 May 18612mths 23days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Claims of the Reverend W.B Clarke Committee No.2612 Mar 186111 May 18611mth 30days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Privilege Committee No.294 Apr 186111 May 18611mth 8days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Library Committee No.34 Sep 186120 Jan 18624mths 17days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.46 Sep 186120 Jan 18624mths 15days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Reverend W.B Clarke Committee No.620 Sep 186120 Jan 18624mths 1day
4th (1860 - 1864)
Wagga Wagga Bridge Company’s Bill Committee No.727 Sep 186120 Jan 18623mths 25days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Richmond Bridge Company’s Act Amendment Bill Committee No.111 Oct 186120 Jan 18623mths 20days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Mr A.E Bush Committee No.138 Oct 186120 Jan 18623mths 13days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman
Maitland and Morpeth Railway Company’s Bill Committee No.129 Oct 186120 Jan 18623mths 12days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Presbyterian Church Temporalities Act of 1837 Committee No.171 Nov 186120 Jan 18622mths 20days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman
System of Railway Locomotion proposed by Mr E.Bell Committee No.1812 Nov 186120 Jan 18622mths 9days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman
Mr Francis Flanagan Committee No.2110 Dec 186120 Jan 18621mth 11days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Address of Condolence to Her Majesty Committee No.428 May 18623 Jun 18627days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Library Committee No.328 May 18621 Aug 18622mths 5days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.629 May 186217 Jun 186220days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.610 Jun 18622 Sep 18622mths 24days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman
Pilot Board Committee No.917 Jun 18627 Oct 18623mths 21days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Management of the Central Police Office Committee No.138 Jul 186212 Dec 18625mths 5days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Mr J.E Liardet Committee No.1422 Jul 186220 Dec 18624mths 29days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman, appointed 17 December 1862
James Ralfe Committee No.225 Aug 186229 Aug 186225days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Mr Francis Flanagan Committee No.205 Aug 18624 Nov 18623mths
4th (1860 - 1864)
Presbyterian College Bill Committee No.2512 Aug 186218 Nov 18623mths 7days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Gibson’s Estate Bill Committee No.272 Sep 18624 Sep 18623days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman
Co-operative Coal Mining Company’s Bill Committee No.3116 Sep 186224 Sep 18629days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman
Alfred Witts Committee No.3016 Sep 186221 Nov 18622mths 6days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Petition of Thomas Charles Bentley Committee No.4211 Nov 186220 Dec 18621mth 10days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Library Committee No.324 Jun 186331 Mar 18649mths 8days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.725 Jun 186310 Sep 18632mths 17days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Present State and Management of Lunatic Asylums No.914 Jul 186320 Apr 18649mths 7days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Presbyterian College Bill Committee No.154 Sep 18636 Oct 18631mth 3days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Mr James K.Montgomery – Claim for Compensation Committee No.2415 Sep 186322 Apr 18647mths 8days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Newcastle Wallsend Coal Company Committee No.2115 Sep 186322 Apr 18647mths 8days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Chairman
Working of the Gold Fields Act Committee No.2629 Sep 18639 Mar 18645mths 10days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Reservations upon Runs in Tumut District Committee No.2529 Sep 186311 Mar 18645mths 12days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Disorganized State of the Public Works Department Committee No.286 Oct 18637 Apr 18646mths 2days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Sydney Water Reserves Committee No.311 Dec 186311 Dec 186311days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Claim of Robert to Land in Illawarra Committee No.3416 Feb 186411 Mar 186425days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Bank of New South Wales Incorporation Act Amendment Bill Committee No.3216 Feb 186422 Apr 18642mths 7days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Claims of Tenants of the Crown Committee No.3515 Mar 186420 Apr 18641mth 6days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Bathurst Market Bill Committee No.3630 Mar 186431 Mar 18642days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Mineral Land selected by the Honourable Arthur Todd Holroyd Committee No.391 Apr 186421 Apr 186421days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Library Committee No.319 Oct 18649 Nov 186422days
4th (1860 - 1864)
Library Committee No.58 Mar 186521 Jun 18653mths 14days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Claims of Tenants of the Crown Committee No.814 Mar 186528 Apr 18651mth 15days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Mr E.J.H Knapp Committee No.206 Jun 186513 Jun 18658days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Library Committee No.225 Oct 18657 Apr 18665mths 14days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Exchange of Land Scots Church, Sydney, Legalizing Bill Committee No.1315 Dec 186523 Feb 18662mths 9days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Conduct of City Coroner Committee No.1419 Dec 18657 Apr 18663mths 20days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Reserves under Crown Lands Alienation Act Committee No.1523 Feb 18664 Apr 18661mth 13days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Reserve, Lavender Bay Committee No.166 Mar 186629 Mar 186624days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Library Committee No.225 Jul 186618 Mar 18677mths 22days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Reserve, Lavender Bay Committee No.631 Jul 186623 Oct 18662mths 23days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Hartley Kerosene Oil and Paraffine Company’s Incorporation Bill Committee No.94 Sep 186625 Sep 186622days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Railway from Echuca to Deniliquin Committee No.1021 Sep 186620 Dec 18662mths 30days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Campbell’s Exchange of Ways Bill Committee No.1125 Sep 18665 Oct 186611days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Proposed Electoral Alterations Committee No.1225 Sep 186613 Dec 18662mths 19days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Exchange of Land Scots Church Sydney Legalizing Bill Committee No.1510 Oct 186631 Oct 186622days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Presbyterian College Bill Committee No.1831 Oct 18668 Nov 18669days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Alleged Irregularity in Registration of a Deed Committee No.1731 Oct 18668 Nov 18669days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Fisheries Act Amendment Bill Committee No.202 Nov 18662 Dec 18661mth 1day
5th (1865 - 1869)
Sydney Common Improvement Bill Committee No.236 Dec 186613 Dec 18668days
5th (1865 - 1869)
St Andrew’s Cathedral Close Bill Committee No.82 Jul 186727 Apr 18689mths 26days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Oyster Fisheries Protection Bill Committee No.72 Jul 186727 Apr 18689mths 26days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Railway from Echuca to Deniliquin Committee No.62 Jul 186727 Apr 18689mths 26days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Library Committee No.23 Jul 186727 Apr 18689mths 25days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Claim of Mr Benjamin Richards to lease of “Yaraldool” Run Committee No.927 Aug 186728 Nov 18673mths 2days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Waterview Patent Slip Bill Committee No.1110 Sep 18679 Oct 186730days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Petititon of Mr Thomas Smith Committee No.158 Nov 18673 Apr 18684mths 27days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Sydney Common Improvement Act Amendment Bill Committee No.2316 Mar 186818 Mar 18683days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Mrs Mary Singleton Committee No.1119 Jan 186923 Feb 18691mth 5days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Chairman
Mr Thomas Scott – Sugar Cultivation Committee No.1410 Feb 186924 Mar 18691mth 15days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Mr William Emery Committee No.192 Mar 18691 Apr 18691mth
5th (1865 - 1869)
Law relating to Lunacy Committee No.204 Mar 186924 Mar 186921days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Mr Alexander Walker Scott – Land taken by Hunter River Railway Committee No.51 Oct 186911 Nov 18691mth 11days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Grant for Road from West Maitland to Cessnock Committee No.98 Oct 186913 Nov 18691mth 6days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Prince Alfred Park Enclosure Bill Committee No.1021 Oct 186922 Oct 18692days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Mr Thomas Scott – Sugar Cultivation Committee No.1226 Oct 186913 Nov 186919days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Town Hall Committee No.1610 Nov 186913 Nov 18694days
5th (1865 - 1869)
Sydney Infirmary Committee No.141 Mar 187022 Apr 18701mth 22days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Goulburn School Trust Bill Committee No.163 Mar 18709 Mar 18707days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Sale of Liquors Licensing Act Amendment Bill Committee No.211 Apr 18703 May 18701mth 3days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Chairman
Water Supply – Sydney and Suburbs Committee No.238 Apr 18703 May 187026days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Chairman
Claims of Bartholomew Rush Committee No.2412 Apr 18707 May 187026days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Marine Board Bill Committee No.88 Sep 187017 Mar 18716mths 10days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Government Printing Office Committee No.913 Sep 18704 May 18717mths 22days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Ham Common Resumption Bill Committee No.1114 Oct 18702 Nov 187020days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Petition of James Twaddell Committee No.1525 Jan 18714 May 18713mths 10days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Coal Staithes at Newcastle Committee No.1425 Jan 187113 Jun 18714mths 20days
6th (1870 - 1872)

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Hydropath and gold miner. Educated at Irvine. Arrived in Sydney on 18 July 1840; squatter mostly in the Monaro district; returned to Scotland. Journeyed to the United States of America and assisted medical practitioner brother for 3 years. Returned to Australia in 1854. Unsuccessful as a gold digger at Araluen. Practiced hydropathy and called himself 'doctor'. Acquired mining interests and after political defeat in 1872 was a stock, station and land agent with George Ranken. Elected as a radical in 1859. Condemned Bill abolishing state aid to religion as too moderate. Moved in squatter circles. Supported by Protestant Political Association in election of 1870. President of Excelsior division of Order of the Sons of Temperance in 1868; executive member of New South Wales Alliance for Suppression of Intemperance in 1869. Estranged fron Christianity in youth. developed a lifelong interest in spiritualism and dabbled in phrenology; active free thinker in later years. First president of Liberal Association of New South Wales.


Personal

Son of Reverend John Wilson. Married (1) Julia Bell on 9 July 1859 at Braidwood and had issue, 4 daughters. Married (2) Elizabeth Gowing on 5 July 1873 at Strathbogie, New England and had issue, 1 daughter and 1 son. Buried without religious rites.


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