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Former Member Details

Mr James BLANKSBY (1857 - 1924)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1857
Place of Birth: Burwood, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death: 05/02/1924
Place of Death: Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 13 Aug 1895 11 Jan 1901 5 years 4 months 30 days Life Appointments under the Constitution Act: Date of Writ of Summons 8 August 1895.
Political Party Activity
He was a pro-working class free trader. His appointment to the Legislative Council was "regarded with satisfaction in Labor circles".
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Minister of the Primitive Methodist Church. Seconded to the Sydney City Mission. Resigned from the Ministry prior to standing unsuccessfully for the Legislative Assembly. Continued to work for the church. Became Manager of Newcastle and Country Building Society when he was appointed to the Legislative Council. On his resignation from the Legislative Council in 1901, joined the Public Service as Secretary to the Miners' Accident Relief Board until 1920.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of William, a blacksmith, and Millicent, nee Holmes. Lived in the Newcastle district for many years. Married Elizabeth Irvine Penman on 11 April 1883 and had issue, 1 daughter and 5 sons. Methodist.
Additional Information
Town and Country Journal 14 September 1895; Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 1924, p 10; The Biographical Register and other material in the office of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.