Mr Adolphus William YOUNG (1814 - 1885)**

  • Date of Birth: 01/01/1814
  • Place of Birth: 'Hare Hatch House', Berkshire, England
  • Date of Death: 04/11/1885
  • Place of Death: 'Hare Hatch House', Berkshire, England
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Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council1 Apr 184431 Jul 18451yr(s) 4mth(s)
4th Council (1843 - 1848)
An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District of Port Phillip

Community Activity

Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Merchant and sheriff. Was given some legal training. In december 1837 he became a provisional director of the Australian Gaslight Company., third police magistrate. In March 1838 he resigned his magistracy due to an inadequate salary. Joined the legal firm of Carr & Rogers as an attorney. In October 1839 was accused by the Australian Gaslight Company with corrupt practice for buying land adjoining the works in order to sell it at a profit to the company. resigned from the Board and in September 1840 sailed with his family for England. In October 1842 was appointed as sheriff. In 1844 he became a director of the Australasian Colonial and General Life Assurance Company and was elected to the Legislative Assembly. Inherited 'Hare Hatch House' from his father and returned to England with his second wife and became a Member of the British Parliament. However, continued to show a keen interest in Australian affairs.

Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held

Member of the British Parliament: House of Commons, England, for Great Yarmouth 1857 - 1859; and for Helston in Cornwall 1868 - 1879.


Son of John Adolphus Young of 'Hare Hatch House' in Berkshire, England. Married (1) Anne Eliza Smith in 1837 in England (died 1845). Married (2) Jane Throsby in 1847 in Sydney, daughter of Charles Throsby junior and had issue 8 children. Married (3) Mary Clementine. Left an estate valued at 27,000 punds to his widow and eight surviving children.

Additional Information

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2