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Dr Arthur Martin A'BECKETT (1812 - 1871)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1812
Place of Birth: London, England
Date of Death: 23/05/1871
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 13 May 1856 09 Nov 1860 4 years 5 months 28 days First (Quinquennial) appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 13 May 1856.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Trustee of the Australian Museum and Sydney Grammar School.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Medical practitioner. Educated at London University and in Paris. Licentiate of the Apothecaries' Council in 1835; Member of the Royal College of Surgeons 1838. Staff surgeon to British Legion in Spain 1835 - 1837. In New South Wales, he practised his profession with great success. He was Surgeon to the Benevolent Asylum; examiner in medicine at Sydney University, gained Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1855.
Military Service
Honours Received
Knight Bachelor of San Ferdinand (Spain) and other Spanish decorations, 1835 - 1837.
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of William A'Beckett, solicitor, and Sarah Abbott. Married Emma Louisa Elwin at London in 1838 and had issue, 5 daughters and 5 sons. Arrived in New South Wales in 1838. He twice returned to Europe, the second time from 1858 - 1865 when he was compelled to return to New South Wales by failure of companies in which he had invested. Brother of Sir William A'Beckett (1806 - 1869), Chief Justice of Victoria. Father of William Channing A' Beckett (1846 - 1929) who became a member of the Legislative Assembly.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3 Illustrated Sydney News, 10 July 1871, p 107 Pioneer Families of New South Wales, Sydney 1948