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Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell

Sir Thomas Livingstone MITCHELL (1792 - 1855)

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Date of Birth: 15/06/1792
Place of Birth: Craigend, Scotland
Date of Death: 05/10/1855
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Apr 1844 31 Aug 1844 5 months An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District of Port Phillip
Surveyor-General 27 May 1828 05 Oct 1855 27 years 4 months 9 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Surveyor General. Educated to read widely in several languages and be proficient on several sciences. In 1827 became assistant surveyor general of New South Wales. In 1828 became surveyor general and in 1830 assumed sole responsibility for the Survey Department. Undertook numerous exploration expeditions for the purposes of surveying. Subject of a Royal Commission on 4 July 1855 into the Surveying Department. Before the report from the Commission was published, Mitchell contracted a a chill whilst surveying country between Nelligen and Braidwood. He developed pneumonia and died at his home in Sydney on 5th October 1855.
Military Service
In 1811 he was gazetted a second lieutenant in the 95th Regiment and in the peninsular war served at the battles of Ciudad, Rodrigo, Badajoz and Salamanca.
Honours Received
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Oxford University in 1839. Knighted in 1839.
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of John Mitchell and his wife Janet Wilson. Married Mary Blunt, daughter of General Richard Blunt in June 1818 and had issue, 12 children.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2