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Former Member Details

Mr Joseph Lievesley BEESTON (1859 - 1921)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1859
Place of Birth: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 08/03/1921
Place of Death: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 21 Jul 1908 08 Mar 1921 12 years 7 months 16 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act: Date of Writ of Summons 9 July 1908.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Medical practitioner (surgeon). Educated at Newcastle and Kings and Queens College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin; Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons (LRCS) Ireland; practised in Newcastle as an assistant to S.T Knaggs, then in partnership with W.C Ashe, later with W.Nickson; honorary surgeon at Newcastle Hospital from 1883 until 1921, secretary to the Hospital Medical Board; president of Newcastle Medical Society; president of the New South Wales British Medical Association from 1905 until 1906; president of Newcastle School of Arts; president of Newcastle Agricultural and Horticultural Association from 1901 until 1914; medical officer Oddfellows from 1888 until 1921; honorary surgeon of Medical Staff Corps in 1891 . Author and Freemason.
Military Service
Enlisted in the Australian Infantry Forces in September 1914, Field Ambulance, 4th Infantry Board, served in Gallipoli, lieutenant-colonel, contracted malaria, invalided Wandsworth Hospital, Assistant Director of Medical Services, 2nd Division. Returned to Australia in 1916.
Honours Received
Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1915; Volunteer Officers' Decoration (VD),
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of John Lievesley Beeston, traffic manager (Newcastle to Maitland railway), and his wife Amelia Jane Denison (according to family sources; the 'Biographical Register of the NSW Parliament.', Volume 2, gives his mother's name as Jane Cunningham). Married Anna Maria Read on c.1881 at Dublin and had issue, 2 daughters and 2 sons. Sandgate cemetery from Christ Church, Church of England cathedral, Newcastle. Church of England.
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