Sir John JAMISON, KGV (1776 - 1844)**

  • Date of Birth: 01/01/1776
  • Place of Birth: Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ireland
  • Date of Death: 29/06/1844
  • Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Council2 May 18375 Jan 18435yr(s) 8mth(s) 4day(s)
An Appointed Member of the first Legislative Council 1824 - 1843

Community Activity

Elected a non-resident member of the Wernerian Natural History Society of Edinburgh in 1811. One of the founders of the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) in 1817. Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1819 and magistrate. Founder and president for many years of the Agricultural and Horticultural Society of New South Wales (now the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales) in 1822. Founder and president (1825 - 1827) of the Sydney Turf Club. Founder and first president of the Australian Racing and Jockey Club in 1828. Patron of the Hawkesbury Racing Club in 1829. Founder and a president of Sydney College (now the Sydney Grammar School) in 1830. Admitted as a corresponding member of the Societe d'Histoire Naturelle of Mauritius in 1830. Member of the Australian Museum and Botanic Gardens Committee in 1830's. First president of the Australian Patriotic Association in 1835. Founder and first president of the Northern Districts Stock-owners' Association in 1837. Life member of the Benevolent Society. Mason

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Medical practitioner; physician in British Navy; landholder. Educated at the University of St Andrews (M. D. 1808) and then joined the British Navy as a physician. In 1809, while physician on the hospital ship 'Gorgon' with the Baltic Fleet, he was instrumental in curbing a serious outbreak of scurvy in the Swedish Navy. For this work he was knighted by the King of Sweden, Charles XIII; he received a British knighthood in 1813.

Honours Received

Knight of the Order of Gustavus Vasa (KGV) (Swedish knighthood from King Charles XIII of Sweden) in July 1809. Knight Bachelor (Kt) in 1813. Gold medal from the London Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce 'for his successful method of extirpating the stumps of trees' in 1830.


Eldest son of Thomas Jamison (1745 - 1811), surgeon with the First Fleet and pioneer settler, and his wife Rebecca. Arrived in Australia at Sydney in 1814 on the 'Broxbornebury'. Married in February 1844 to Mary Griffiths, his housekeeper, daughter of John Griffiths, an ex-private in the marines. They already had 2 sons and 5 daughters at the time of their marriage. His eldest son, Robert Thomas Jamison (1829 - 1878), was a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

Additional Information

Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1.