Mr Ezekiel Alexander BAKER (1823 - 1912)**

  • Date of Birth: 01/12/1823
  • Place of Birth: Middlesex, England
  • Date of Death: 28/01/1912
  • Place of Death: Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

PositionStartEndPeriodNotes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly10 Jan 187026 Jan 188717yr(s) 17day(s)
Member for Goldfields South10 Jan 187027 May 18704mth(s) 18day(s)
6th (1870 - 1872)
Member for Goldfields South20 Jun 18704 Nov 18704mth(s) 16day(s)
6th (1870 - 1872)
Member for Goldfields South12 Dec 18703 Feb 18721yr(s) 1mth(s) 23day(s)
6th (1870 - 1872)
Member for Goldfields South25 Mar 187228 Nov 18742yr(s) 8mth(s) 4day(s)
7th (1872 - 1874)
Member for Goldfields South11 Jan 18756 Feb 18772yr(s) 27day(s)
8th (1875 - 1877)
Member for Goldfields South21 Feb 187721 Mar 18771mth(s) 1day(s)
8th (1875 - 1877)
Member for Goldfields South29 Aug 187719 Nov 18772mth(s) 22day(s)
8th (1875 - 1877)
Member for Goldfields South2 Jan 18799 Nov 18801yr 10mths 8days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Member for Carcoar22 Nov 18809 Nov 188111mth(s) 19day(s)
10th (1880 - 1882)
Member for Carcoar21 Nov 18847 Oct 188510mth(s) 17day(s)
11th (1882 - 1885)
Member for Carcoar23 Oct 188526 Jan 18871yr(s) 3mth(s) 4day(s)
12th (1885 - 1887)
Secretary of Lands6 Feb 187721 Mar 18771mth(s) 16day(s)
Secretary of Mines17 Aug 187719 Nov 18773mth(s) 3day(s)
Secretary of Lands20 Nov 187717 Dec 187728day(s)
Secretary of Mines21 Dec 187813 Aug 18812yr(s) 7mth(s) 24day(s)
George Swinnerton Yarnton Committee No.131 Mar 187023 Mar 187023days
6th (1870 - 1872)
Mr Richard Henry Wright Committee No.2527 Apr 18707 May 187011days
6th (1870 - 1872)
New South Wales Shale and Oil Company’s Bill Committee No.1326 Nov 18724 Dec 18729days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Goulburn Volunteer Corps Committee No.227 Feb 187322 Apr 18732mths 16days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Transfer of Publicans’ and other License Fees to Municipalities Committee No.3125 Mar 187325 Apr 18731mth 1day
7th (1872 - 1874)
Claim of William Henry Baron Committee No.2316 Jan 187425 Jun 18745mths 10days
7th (1872 - 1874)
Waratah Coal Company’s Bill Committee No.66 Nov 187412 Nov 18747days
7th (1872 - 1874)
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.116 Nov 187516 Nov 18751day
8th (1875 - 1877)
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.112 Dec 187612 Dec 18761day
8th (1875 - 1877)
Chairman
The Bassett Darley Estates Bill Committee No.919 Dec 187618 Jan 18771mth
8th (1875 - 1877)
Claim of William Henry Baron Committee No.819 Dec 187626 Jul 18777mths 8days
8th (1875 - 1877)
Chairman
Orange Cattle Sale Yards Bill Committee No.142 Feb 18771 Mar 187728days
8th (1875 - 1877)
Mr John Garsed Committee No.105 Feb 187816 May 18783mths 12days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Patrick Nugent’s Conditional Purchase Committee No.1819 Mar 18783 Apr 187816days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Petition of Patrick and Michael Griffin Committee No.2229 Mar 187816 May 18781mth 18days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Land at corner of Pitt and Bridge Streets Committee No.2312 Apr 187817 May 18781mth 6days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Petition of Patrick and Michael Griffin Committee No.1422 Oct 18787 Mar 18794mths 14days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Jury List – Deniliquin Committee No.1322 Oct 187820 May 18796mths 29days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Petition of Mr E.W Rudder Committee No.1812 Nov 187824 Jul 18798mths 13days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Wagga Wagga Common Committee No.272 May 187924 Jul 18792mths 23days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Discovery of the Barrington Gold Field Committee No.711 Nov 187912 May 18806mths 2days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Mineral Selection at Mitchell’s Creek Committee No.112 Dec 187916 Apr 18804mths 15days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Claim of John O’Brien Committee No.2515 Jun 188013 Jul 188029days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Petition of Mr E.W Rudder Committee No.2622 Jun 18809 Jul 188018days
9th (1877 - 1880)
Lands granted to the Australian Agricultural Company Committee No.78 Jul 188113 Dec 18815mths 6days
10th (1880 - 1882)
Library Committee No.43 Dec 188525 Oct 188610mths 23days
12th (1885 - 1887)

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Miner. Spent his early years in the family business, contractors for military stores to the East India Company and the Board of Ordnance. Arrived New South Wales in 1853 as a mineralogist to a mining company which failed. Prospected on the gold-fields and became a mail contractor at the Burrangong (Lambing Flat) fields. After the anti-Chinese riots there in 1860 - 1861, he was chosen with James Torpy to present the miners' case in Sydney. Founded the Mining Record (a newspaper) at Grenfell in 1866 and was active as a mining entrepreneur. Was expelled from the Legislative Assembly on 9 November 1881 on a charge of corrupt conduct, but the Resolution was rescinded on 1 May 1883.


Personal

Son of Ezekiel John Baker, firearms manufacturer, and Elizabeth Burgess. Married (1) Bernice Byron Diment in 1846 in Salisbury, England, and had issue, 4 sons and 2 daughters. Married (2) Louisa Georgina Kelsh in 1880 at West Maitland, and had issue, 1 son and 3 daughters. Church of England.


Additional Information

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3. Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Ezekiel Alexander Baker - papers, 1860-1870. (MLDOC 1651). Legislative Assembly Tabled Paper 1883 / 230: Petition from E. A. Baker regarding his expulsion, 1 March 1883