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Mr Edward William O'SULLIVAN (1846 - 1910)

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Date of Birth: 17/03/1846
Place of Birth: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Date of Death: 25/04/1910
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 28 Oct 1885 25 Apr 1910 24 years 5 months 29 days
Member for Queanbeyan 28 Oct 1885 26 Jan 1887 1 year 2 months 30 days
Member for Queanbeyan 19 Feb 1887 19 Jan 1889 1 year 11 months 1 day
Member for Queanbeyan 02 Feb 1889 06 Jun 1891 2 years 4 months 5 days
Member for Queanbeyan 24 Jun 1891 25 Jun 1894 3 years 2 days
Member for Queanbeyan 17 Jul 1894 05 Jul 1895 11 months 19 days
Member for Queanbeyan 24 Jul 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 11 months 15 days
Member for Queanbeyan 27 Jul 1898 14 Sep 1899 1 year 1 month 19 days
Member for Queanbeyan 23 Sep 1899 11 Jun 1901 1 year 8 months 20 days
Member for Queanbeyan 03 Jul 1901 16 Jul 1904 3 years 14 days
Member for Belmore 06 Aug 1904 20 Aug 1907 3 years 15 days
Member for Belmore 10 Sep 1907 25 Apr 1910 2 years 7 months 16 days
Secretary for Public Works 14 Sep 1899 14 Jun 1904 4 years 9 months 1 day
Secretary for Lands 15 Jun 1904 29 Aug 1904 2 months 15 days
Patrick Hannan’s Mining Claim at Temora Committee No.40 21 May 1886 16 Jun 1886 27 days Chairman
Mr Henry Arthur Hough Committee No.47 11 Jun 1886 08 Jul 1886 28 days
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Incorporation Bill Committee No.56 15 Jul 1886 01 Sep 1886 1 month 18 days
Alleged Abuses in Connection with the Shipping of New South Wales Committee No.51 18 Jun 1886 25 Oct 1886 4 months 8 days Chairman
Railway Free Passes – Special Trains Committee No.22 25 Mar 1886 25 Oct 1886 7 months 1 day
Claim of Cornelius Grady Committee No.18 29 Apr 1887 05 Jul 1887 2 months 7 days Chairman
Claims of John Gallagher Committee No.21 17 May 1887 05 Jul 1887 1 month 19 days Chairman
Church and Perkin Streets, Newcastle Bill Committee No.17 11 Oct 1887 18 Oct 1887 8 days
The Case of Daniel Behan Committee No.20 13 Oct 1887 26 Oct 1887 14 days
Yass Roman Catholic Church Land Sale Bill Committee No.19 13 Oct 1887 26 Oct 1887 14 days
Claim of Mrs Butterley Committee No.5 21 Sep 1887 12 Nov 1887 1 month 23 days
Christian Chapel Lands Sale Bill Committee No.30 25 Nov 1887 14 Dec 1887 20 days
Grafton School of Arts Trustees Enabling Bill Committee No.31 25 Nov 1887 14 Dec 1887 20 days
Redhead Coal-mine Railway Act Amending Bill Committee No.36 20 Dec 1887 15 Feb 1888 1 month 27 days
Messrs. Hugh McNeill and Party Mineral Lease at Captains Flat Committee No.55 24 Apr 1888 12 Jul 1888 2 months 19 days Chairman
Deduction from Wages of Employees for Medical Attendance Committee No.50 27 Mar 1888 24 Jul 1888 3 months 28 days
Resumption of Edward Irby’s Land at Bluff River Committee No.27 15 Nov 1887 24 Jul 1888 8 months 10 days
Robert Munford’s Conditional Purchases, parish of Metz Committee No.38 20 Dec 1887 24 Jul 1888 7 months 5 days
The Chinese Committee No.37 20 Dec 1887 24 Jul 1888 7 months 5 days
Work of Unemployed on Roads at Hornsby and Holt Sutherland Estate Committee No.7 15 Nov 1888 16 Jan 1889 2 months 2 days
Bulli Colliery Disaster Fund Bill Committee No.8 20 Nov 1888 17 Jan 1889 1 month 29 days
Windsor Gaslight Company (Limited) Act Amendment Bill Committee No.15 04 Jun 1889 14 Jun 1889 11 days
Warwick Farm Railway Bill Committee No.17 11 Jun 1889 25 Jun 1889 15 days
Municipalities of Ryde and Hunter’s Hill Bill Committee No.18 28 Jun 1889 03 Jul 1889 6 days
Redhead Coalmine Railway Act Amending Bill Committee No.19 03 Jul 1889 17 Jul 1889 15 days
Robert Munford’s Conditional Purchases made at Molong Committee No.21 03 Jul 1889 17 Jul 1889 15 days
Case of Miss Brenning Committee No.20 03 Jul 1889 23 Jul 1889 21 days
Katoomba Lighting Bill Committee No.27 24 Jul 1889 06 Aug 1889 14 days
Working of the Fisheries Act Committee No.13 21 May 1889 27 Aug 1889 3 months 7 days
Library Committee No.5 03 Apr 1889 10 Oct 1889 6 months 8 days
Library Committee No.4 27 Nov 1889 21 Dec 1889 25 days
Mrs Cunynghame, late Superintendent of Macquarie Street Asylum for Infirm and Destitute, Parramatta Committee No.8 30 Apr 1890 23 Sep 1890 4 months 25 days
Claim of E.K Crace to Crown Land adjoining Gungahleen Estate Committee No.20 24 Jun 1890 14 Oct 1890 3 months 21 days Chairman
Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition Committee No.36 07 Oct 1890 12 Dec 1890 2 months 6 days
Australian Banking Company Sydney Bill Committee No.41 14 Nov 1890 12 Dec 1890 29 days
Management of the Orange Hospital Committee No.38 21 Oct 1890 19 Dec 1890 1 month 29 days
Broken Hill Water Works Bill Committee No.33 16 Sep 1890 20 Dec 1890 3 months 5 days
Cook’s River Road Tramways Bill Committee No.26 21 Aug 1890 20 Dec 1890 4 months
Early Closing Bill Committee No.42 14 Nov 1890 20 Dec 1890 1 month 7 days
Land corner Pitt and Bridge Streets Committee No.21 24 Jun 1890 20 Dec 1890 5 months 27 days
Segenhoe Estate Irrigation Bill Committee No.45 16 Dec 1890 20 Dec 1890 5 days
William Stafford, ex-Mounted Sergeant of Police Committee No.25 29 Jul 1890 20 Dec 1890 4 months 22 days
Library Committee No.3 26 May 1891 02 Jun 1891 8 days
Management of the Orange Hospital No.5 26 May 1891 02 Jun 1891 8 days
Segenhoe Estate Irrigation Bill Committee No.8 27 May 1891 02 Jun 1891 7 days
Australian Banking Company of Sydney Bill Committee No.10 06 Aug 1891 18 Aug 1891 13 days
Yongaleatha Marble, Flag and Flux Company Bill Committee No.17 01 Sep 1891 03 Sep 1891 3 days
Mrs Cunynhame, late Superintendent of Macquarie-street Asylum for Infirm and Destitute, Parramatta Committee No.14 25 Aug 1891 17 Sep 1891 24 days
Case of Patrick Brown Committee No.31 21 Dec 1891 11 Feb 1892 1 month 22 days
Broken Hill Water Supply Act Amendment Bill Committee No.32 01 Feb 1892 17 Feb 1892 17 days
Australasian Mining Exchange of Sydney Bill Committee No.35 15 Feb 1892 23 Feb 1892 9 days
Conditional Purchase by Mrs Ann Rouse, in the parish of Kahibah Committee No.33 01 Feb 1892 26 Feb 1892 26 days
Library Committee No.3 28 Jul 1891 01 Apr 1892 8 months 5 days
Library Committee No.6 05 Oct 1892 18 Oct 1892 14 days
Australasian Rights Purchase Bill Committee No.9 11 Oct 1892 16 Nov 1892 1 month 6 days
Vice Suppression Bill Committee No.11 25 Oct 1892 18 Nov 1892 25 days
Menindie Irrigation Bill Committee No.21 23 Feb 1893 22 Mar 1893 1 month
William Stafford, ex Mounted Sergeant of Police Committee No.23 12 Apr 1893 12 May 1893 1 month 1 day
Post Office Savings Bank-National Bank Committee No.15 29 Nov 1892 16 May 1893 5 months 18 days
Oxford street Improvement Bill Committee No.13 16 Nov 1892 13 Jun 1893 6 months 29 days
Application of Mr J.F Connelly to Mine in the Parish of Currajong Committee No.12 28 Nov 1893 08 Dec 1893 11 days
Bankruptcy Act Amendment Bill Committee No.13 01 Dec 1893 08 Dec 1893 8 days
Library Committee No.4 27 Sep 1893 08 Dec 1893 2 months 12 days
Oxford street Improvement Bill Committee No.8 25 Jan 1894 13 Feb 1894 20 days
Homestead Protection Bill Committee No.12 03 Apr 1894 18 Apr 1894 16 days Chairman
Application of Mr J.F Connelly to Mine in the Parish of Currajong Committee No.10 13 Mar 1894 01 May 1894 1 month 19 days
Case of Staff Sergeant W.Jiffkins Committee No.13 24 Apr 1894 09 May 1894 16 days
Bankruptcy Act Amendment Bill Committee No.7 25 Jan 1894 05 Jun 1894 4 months 12 days
Operation of the Shipping Laws Committee No.6 23 Jan 1894 05 Jun 1894 4 months 14 days
Library Committee No.4 23 Jan 1894 11 Jun 1894 4 months 20 days
Amendment of the Mining Laws. Committee No. 12 27 Nov 1894 05 Jul 1895 7 months 9 days
Conditional Purchase made by George Vincent, in the District of Gundagai. Committee No. 17 19 Apr 1895 05 Jul 1895 2 months 17 days
Cootamundra Racecourse Bill. Committee No. 7 30 Oct 1894 05 Jul 1895 8 months 6 days
Hunter District Water Supply and Sewerage Works. Committee No. 14 11 Dec 1894 05 Jul 1895 6 months 25 days
Library Committee No. 3 29 Aug 1894 05 Jul 1895 10 months 7 days
Presbyterian Church Property Management Amendment Bill. Committee No. 10 22 Nov 1894 05 Jul 1895 7 months 14 days
Resumption of Land, Woolloomooloo Bay. Committee No. 13 29 Nov 1894 05 Jul 1895 7 months 7 days
Shoaling at the mouth of North Creek, near Ballina. Committee No. 11 27 Nov 1894 05 Jul 1895 7 months 9 days
Case of Mr A.J.C Single Committee No.9 19 Sep 1895 10 Oct 1895 22 days
Selection made by Martin Tully Committee No.8 17 Sep 1895 17 Oct 1895 1 month 1 day
Wellington Show Ground Hill Committee No.15 12 Nov 1895 03 Dec 1895 22 days
Application of Mr J.F Connelly to mine in the parish of Currajong Committee No.13 15 Oct 1895 18 Dec 1895 2 months 4 days
City Mutual Life Assurance Company’s (Limited) Enabling Bill Committee No.7 26 May 1896 16 Jun 1896 22 days
North Shore Bridge Bill Committee No.13 01 Jul 1896 28 Jul 1896 28 days
Case of Staff Sergeant W.Jiffkins Committee No.11 30 Jun 1896 26 Aug 1896 1 month 28 days
Ryan’s Conditional Purchase in the Wagga Wagga Land District Committee No.21 04 Aug 1896 10 Sep 1896 1 month 7 days
Old Age Pension Committee No.9 16 Jun 1896 16 Sep 1896 3 months 1 day
Claim of Captain Rossi Committee No.20 28 Jul 1896 01 Oct 1896 2 months 4 days
Claim of Richardson, Turner & Co Committee No.36 21 Oct 1896 12 Nov 1896 23 days
Gore and Artarmon Estates, North Shore Committee No.22 11 Aug 1896 12 Nov 1896 3 months 2 days
Pitt Town Settlement Committee No.30 06 Oct 1896 12 Nov 1896 1 month 7 days
The Abattoirs Committee No.8 02 Jun 1896 12 Nov 1896 5 months 11 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.6 13 May 1896 16 Nov 1896 6 months 4 days
Land fronting Throsby and Cottage Creeks, sold by A.A Dangar, Esquire Committee No.18 28 Jul 1896 16 Nov 1896 3 months 20 days
Library Committee No.3 14 May 1896 16 Nov 1896 6 months 3 days
Library Committee No.3 28 Apr 1897 10 Dec 1897 7 months 13 days
Elections and Qualifications. Committee No. 5 14 Aug 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 10 months 25 days
Holt’s Wingello Estate Bill. Committee No. 6 12 Sep 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 9 months 27 days
Library Committee No. 4 28 Jun 1898 08 Jul 1898 11 days
Library. Committee No. 3 20 Aug 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 10 months 19 days
Estate of the late S.M Swift of Petersham Committee No.23 13 Dec 1898 22 Dec 1898 10 days
Case of Rachel Dawson Committee No.20 22 Nov 1898 23 Dec 1898 1 month 2 days
Case of Thomas Buckley, Public Works Department Committee No. 7 30 Aug 1898 23 Dec 1898 3 months 24 days
Claim of John Sullivan, Harbours and Rivers Department Committee No. 8 30 Aug 1898 23 Dec 1898 3 months 24 days
Claims of Mr. W. Birthrey, Road Contracts, Gloucester Committee No. 19 22 Nov 1898 23 Dec 1898 1 month 2 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No. 2 17 Aug 1898 23 Dec 1898 4 months 7 days
Land Fronting Throsby and Cottage Creek sold by A.A. Dangar, Esq. Committee No. 9 30 Aug 1898 23 Dec 1898 3 months 24 days
Library Committee No. 4 25 Aug 1898 23 Dec 1898 3 months 29 days
Library Committee No. 4 25 Aug 1898 23 Dec 1898 3 months 29 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.5 21 Feb 1899 30 Mar 1899 1 month 10 days
Library Committee No.2 21 Feb 1899 30 Mar 1899 1 month 10 days
Claim of James and Patrick Guihan of Kangaroo Valley Committee No.19 21 Nov 1899 30 Nov 1899 10 days
Case of Thomas Buckley – Public Works Department Committee No.17 07 Nov 1899 20 Dec 1899 1 month 14 days
Estate of the late S.M Swift of Petersham Committee No.3 01 Aug 1899 21 Dec 1899 4 months 21 days
Stanford Coal-mine Railway Bill Committee No.14 25 Oct 1899 23 Dec 1899 1 month 29 days
Claim by Messrs Maddison and Ewing Contractors Committee No.15 02 Aug 1900 27 Sep 1900 1 month 26 days
Claims of Contractors, Mosman and Middle Harbour Sewerage Committee No.11 11 Sep 1901 23 Oct 1901 1 month 13 days
Claim of Mr John Leonard against the Public Works Department Committee No.8 17 Jun 1902 19 Dec 1902 6 months 3 days
Murrumbidgee Northern Water Supply and Irrigation Bill Committee No.14 11 Sep 1903 24 Nov 1903 2 months 14 days
Coraki Roman Catholic Church Trustees Enabling Bill Committee No.12 29 Nov 1904 06 Dec 1904 8 days
Library Committee No.4 21 Sep 1904 24 Dec 1904 3 months 4 days
Diocese of Goulburn Church Land Sale Bill Committee No.13 23 Aug 1905 05 Sep 1905 14 days
Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Bill Committee No.11 08 Aug 1905 26 Sep 1905 1 month 19 days Chairman
Sydney Corporation Amendment Bill Committee No.22 15 Nov 1905 28 Nov 1905 14 days
Library Committee No.4 28 Jun 1905 09 Dec 1905 5 months 12 days
David Berry Hospital Bill Committee No.14 22 Nov 1906 06 Dec 1906 15 days
Occupation of Land at la Perouse by the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company Committee No.13 22 Nov 1906 13 Dec 1906 22 days
Library Committee No.2 10 Jul 1906 18 Dec 1906 5 months 9 days
Library Committee No.3 09 Jul 1907 12 Jul 1907 4 days
Refreshment Committee No.5 09 Jul 1907 12 Jul 1907 4 days
Library Committee No.3 24 Oct 1907 20 Dec 1907 1 month 27 days
Library Committee No.3 13 Mar 1908 11 Apr 1908 30 days
Library Committee No.4 05 Aug 1908 19 Dec 1908 4 months 15 days
Library Committee No.4 14 Jul 1909 17 Dec 1909 5 months 4 days
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined the party in 1909. Protectionist - Progressive
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Journalist, printer and author. Apprenticed as a compositor. Worked as a compositor and in a paper warehouse. Assisted to organise unions. Founded Democratic Alliance in 1884. Joined debating societies. Commissioner of Chicago Exposition in 1893. Founder of Sporting League in 1907. Author in 1894, 1897, 1904, 1905 and 1906; wrote two plays. Elected as Land and Industrial Alliance candidate; supported J.Robertson.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman of the Sydney City Council for Cook Ward, 1 December 1906 - 25 April 1910. Member of the Works Committee 1907 - 1910; the Fruit and Vegetable Markets Special Committee 1907; the Finance Committee 1908 - 1909; the Health and By-Laws Committee 1908 and 1910; and the Street Signs Special Committee 1908.
Personal
Son of Peter O'Sullivan, ex soldier, and Mary Anne Burgoyne. Married Agnes Anne Firman in 1878 and had issue, 3 daughters and 2 sons. Roman Catholic. Funeral at Waverley cemetery from St Mary's Roman Catholic cathedral.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB), Volume 11. A biography is on the National Library of Australia's Federation Gateway website: http://www.nla.gov.au/guides/federation/people/osullivan.html Bruce E. Mansfield, 'Australian Democrat: the Career of Edward William O'Sullivan, 1846 - 1910', Sydney, 1965. Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: 1. Edward William O'Sullivan, 1905, 1906 (MLDOC 2877) 2. Edward William O'Sullivan - papers, (MLMSS 239) 3. Edward William O'Sullivan - papers, 1873 - 1953 (MLMSS 1603). Eric Irvin, Dictionary of the Australian Theatre 1788 - 1914 (1985)