Mr William Henry TRAILL (1843 - 1902)**

  • Date of Birth: 07/05/1843
  • Place of Birth: London, England
  • Date of Death: 21/05/1902
  • Place of Death: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly2 Feb 188925 Jun 18945yr(s) 4mth(s) 24day(s)
Member for South Sydney2 Feb 18896 Jun 18912yr(s) 4mth(s) 5day(s)
Member for South Sydney17 Jun 189125 Jun 18943yr(s) 9day(s)
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.128 Feb 188928 Feb 18891day
13th (1887 - 1889)
Library Committee No.430 Apr 189020 Dec 18907mths 21days
14th (1889 - 1891)
Library Committee No.326 May 18912 Jun 18918days
15th (1891 - 1894)
Library Committee No.328 Jul 18911 Apr 18928mths 5days
15th (1891 - 1894)
Australasian Mining Exchange of Sydney Bill Committee No.3515 Feb 189223 Feb 18929days
15th (1891 - 1894)
Library Committee No.65 Oct 189218 Oct 189214days
15th (1891 - 1894)
Library Committee No.427 Sep 18938 Dec 18932mths 12days
15th (1891 - 1894)
Library Committee No.423 Jan 189411 Jun 18944mths 20days
16th (1894 - 1895)
Homestead Protection Bill Committee No.123 Apr 189418 Apr 189416days
16th (1894 - 1895)

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Journalist. Educated for Indian Army in Edinburgh and London. Arrived in Queensland by 1861. Became a station hand near Dalby. Revisted Britain c.1863; returned to Queensland to manage Maroon station near Beaudesert; moved to Ipswich. Moved to Victoria and became a drafstman in the Department of Mines from 1866 until 1867. Returned to Queensland. Became a clerk in the Department of Public Lands from 1869 until 1873, wrote a newspaper column and became a newspaper proprieter. Reuter's Agent by 1880. After a political defeat in 1894 failed in farming and mining ventures. Became bankrupt in April 1896, discharged in August. Returned to Queensland working as a journalist.


Son of John Heddle, customs and Orkney Islander, and Elizabeth Dunbar Heddle. Married (1) Jessie Lewis on 23 April 1866 at Brisbane, Queensland and had issue, 1 daughter. Married (2) Agnes Lewis (half sister of first wife) on 11 March 1871 at Brisbane and had issue, 2 daughter and 4 sons.

Additional Information

Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: William Henry Traill - papers, 1875-ca. 1890 (B1459).