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Mr Sydney BURDEKIN (1839 - 1899)

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Date of Birth: 18/02/1839
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 17/12/1899
Place of Death: Rooty Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 02 Dec 1880 25 Jun 1894 13 years 6 months 24 days
Member for Tamworth 02 Dec 1880 23 Nov 1882 1 year 11 months 22 days
Member for East Sydney 29 Feb 1884 07 Oct 1885 1 year 7 months 9 days
Member for East Sydney 16 Oct 1885 26 Jan 1887 1 year 3 months 11 days
Member for East Sydney 05 Feb 1887 19 Jan 1889 1 year 11 months 15 days
Member for East Sydney 02 Feb 1889 06 Jun 1891 2 years 4 months 5 days
Member for Hawkesbury 30 Jul 1892 25 Jun 1894 1 year 10 months 27 days
Mount Kembla Coal and Oil Company’s Railway Bill Committee No.9 25 Jan 1881 28 Jan 1881 4 days
Sydney Hospital Bill Committee No.15 11 Mar 1881 16 Mar 1881 6 days
Chapman’s Estate Leasing Bill Committee No.16 18 Mar 1881 23 Mar 1881 6 days
Bates’s Estate Bill Committee No.19 23 Mar 1881 29 Mar 1881 7 days
Hall’s Estate Bill Committee No.13 11 Feb 1881 06 Apr 1881 1 month 27 days
Vale of Clwydd and Lithgow Valley Company’s Incorporation Bill Committee No.21 04 Apr 1881 06 Apr 1881 3 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 05 Jul 1881 05 Jul 1881 1 day
Tamworth Gas and Coke Company’s Bill Committee No.12 10 Aug 1881 09 Dec 1881 4 months Chairman
Burtoft’s Estate Bill Committee No.27 30 Nov 1881 14 Dec 1881 15 days
City Bank Bill Committee No.50 23 May 1884 04 Jun 1884 13 days
Stirling’s Trusts Bill Committee No.51 05 Jun 1884 25 Jun 1884 21 days
Serisier’s Estate Bill Committee No.61 05 Sep 1884 18 Sep 1884 14 days Chairman
Bryan’s Estate Leasing Bill Committee No.63 18 Sep 1884 24 Sep 1884 7 days
Wallsend and Plattsburg Gas Company’s Bill Committee No.64 22 Oct 1884 29 Oct 1884 8 days
Glen Innes Markets Leasing Bill Committee No.9 25 Sep 1885 02 Oct 1885 8 days
Kite’s Leasing Bill Committee No.11 25 Sep 1885 02 Oct 1885 8 days
Randwick Cemetery Unused Land Sale Bill Committee No.8 25 Sep 1885 02 Oct 1885 8 days
Refreshment Room Committee No.7 24 Sep 1885 02 Oct 1885 9 days
Kite’s Leasing Bill Committee No.7 04 Dec 1885 17 Dec 1885 14 days
Cornwell’s Estate Bill Committee No.10 11 Dec 1885 27 Jan 1886 1 month 17 days
Moorebank Estate Bill Committee No.28 30 Mar 1886 06 May 1886 1 month 7 days
Mrs Payten’s Estate Leasing Bill Committee No.43 08 Jun 1886 24 Jun 1886 17 days
Inverell Church of England Lands Sale Bill Committee No.46 11 Jun 1886 06 Jul 1886 26 days
Privilege-Mr Barbour, MP Committee No.53 22 Jun 1886 22 Jul 1886 1 month 1 day
Pharmaceutical Society of New South Wales Incorporation Bill Committee No.55 15 Jul 1886 11 Aug 1886 28 days
Penrith Water and Gas Supply Committee No.61 13 Aug 1886 18 Aug 1886 6 days
Silverton Tramway Bill Committee No.60 10 Aug 1886 26 Aug 1886 17 days
Railway Free Passes – Special Trains Committee No.22 25 Mar 1886 25 Oct 1886 7 months 1 day
Refreshment Committee No.5 03 Dec 1885 25 Oct 1886 10 months 23 days Chairman
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 09 Mar 1887 09 Mar 1887 1 day
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.2 11 Mar 1887 29 Mar 1887 19 days Chairman
Crisp’s Enabling Bill Committee No.13 31 Mar 1887 15 Apr 1887 16 days
City of Goulburn Gas and Coke Company’s Amendment Bill Committee No.19 10 May 1887 18 May 1887 9 days
Albury Cattle Sale Yards Bill Committee No.20 10 May 1887 30 Jun 1887 1 month 21 days
Refreshment Committee No.5 15 Mar 1887 13 Jul 1887 3 months 29 days
Purchase by the Government of land adjoining the Australasian Steam Navigation Company’s Wharf Committee No.10 28 Sep 1887 29 Feb 1888 5 months 2 days
Silverton Tramway Act Amending Bill Committee No.45 29 Feb 1888 22 Mar 1888 23 days
Crown Lands Purchases Validation Bill Committee No.9 28 Sep 1887 23 May 1888 7 months 26 days
Refreshment Committee No.4 21 Sep 1887 24 Jul 1888 10 months 4 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 23 Oct 1888 23 Oct 1888 1 day
Conditional Purchase of James Connelly, Tamworth Committee No.11 29 Nov 1888 16 Jan 1889 1 month 19 days
Refreshment Committee No.4 24 Oct 1888 27 Jan 1889 3 months 4 days
Refreshment Committee No.6 03 Apr 1889 10 Oct 1889 6 months 8 days
Refreshment Committee No.6 03 Apr 1889 10 Oct 1889 6 months 8 days Chairman
Refreshment Committee No.5 27 Nov 1889 21 Dec 1889 25 days Chairman
Refreshment Committee No.5 30 Apr 1890 20 Dec 1890 7 months 21 days Chairman
Selection made by James Connelly at Tamworth Committee No.16 13 Dec 1892 13 Jun 1893 6 months 1 day
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1885. Director of Sydney Hospital from 1878 to 1899. Member of the Aborigines Protection Board from 1887 to 1899.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Pastoralist. Educated in W.T Cape's school in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1859 from University of Sydney. Articled to a solicitor for some years but appears not to have been admitted to practice. Property owner and businessman when he entered Parliament. Held and managed pastoral runs in Northern New South Wales and Queensland which were sold in 1875. Returned to Sydney where he attended to his family's real estate empire and was director of several companies.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman of the Sydney City Council for Macquarie Ward, 1 December 1883 - 20 November 1898. Mayor 1890 - 1891.
Personal
Son of Thomas Burdekin, merchant, and his wife Mary Ann Bossley. Father died in 1844 leaving a large fortune. Married Catherine Byrne, daughter of Keyran Byrne, a farmer of Attunga, on 24 January 1872 and had issue, 8 children. Church of England. His brother, Marshall Burdekin, was also a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
Additional Information
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3 Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Burdekin family - papers, 1784 - 1956 (MLMSS 147). Biography and portrait in ‘Australian Men of Mark’, Volume 1. Sydney, [?1889] , page 331