Mr John PANTON (1815 - 1866)**

  • Date of Birth: 29/10/1815
  • Place of Birth: North Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
  • Date of Death: 02/09/1866
  • Place of Death: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council1 Jun 184320 Jun 18485yr(s) 20day(s)
An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the Counties of Cook and Westmoreland

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Businessman. Around 1840 he joined with his brother-in-law, John Betts (who had married his sister, Margaret Erskine Panton) to set up the the mercantile firm of Betts & Panton of Windsor and Sydney. He moved to Brisbane in the then Moreton Bay District of New South Wales, establishing the firm of Panton & Co. in Brisbane Street. He was a pioneer of the cotton industry in Queensland. Born a Presbyterian, he later became a member of the Church of England. He died at his house 'Clermont' in Ipswich.

Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held

Member of the Legislative Council of Queensland, 1866


Son of George Panton, Postmaster-General of New South Wales, and his wife Maria Kerr. Arrived in New South Wales aged three, with his family, on the 'General Stewart' in 1818. Married Isabella Frederica North in 1842 at Windsor and they had 5 daughters and 7 sons.

Additional Information

Obituary in 'Queensland Times', Tuesday 4 September 1866