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Former Member Details

Mr William Patrick CRICK (1862 - 1908)

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Date of Birth: 10/02/1862
Place of Birth: Truro, near Kapunda, South Australia, Australia
Date of Death: 28/08/1908
Place of Death: Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 16 Feb 1889 06 Aug 1906 17 years 5 months 22 days
Member for West Macquarie 16 Feb 1889 13 Nov 1890 1 year 8 months 29 days
Member for West Macquarie 06 Dec 1890 06 Jun 1891 6 months 1 day
Member for West Macquarie 20 Jun 1891 25 Jul 1894 3 years 1 month 6 days
Member for West Macquarie 17 Jul 1894 05 Jul 1895 11 months 19 days
Member for West Macquarie 24 Jul 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 11 months 15 days
Member for West Macquarie 27 Jul 1898 14 Sep 1899 1 year 1 month 19 days
Member for West Macquarie 23 Sep 1899 11 Jun 1901 1 year 8 months 20 days
Member for West Macquarie 03 Jul 1901 16 Jul 1904 3 years 14 days
Member for Blayney 06 Aug 1904 06 Aug 1906 2 years 1 day
Postmaster General 14 Sep 1899 28 Feb 1901 1 year 5 months 15 days
Minister Without Portfolio 01 Mar 1901 10 Apr 1901 1 month 13 days
Secretary for Lands 11 Apr 1901 14 Jun 1904 3 years 2 months 4 days
Chairman of Committees 22 Sep 1904 27 Jun 1905 9 months 6 days
Bathurst Cattle Sale Yards Bill Committee No.12 16 May 1889 29 May 1889 14 days
Mrs Cunynghame, Late superintendent of Macquarie Street Asylum for Infirm and Destitute, Parramatta Committee No.23 05 Jul 1889 27 Sep 1889 2 months 23 days
Mr Manning, Chairman of Licensing Bench at Ryde Committee No.7 03 Dec 1889 17 Dec 1889 15 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
Australian Banking Company of Sydney Bill Committee No.35 24 Sep 1890 08 Oct 1890 15 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
Mr Manning, Chairman of Licensing Bench at Ryde Committee No.9 30 Apr 1890 14 Oct 1890 5 months 15 days Chairman
Management of the Orange Hospital Committee No.38 21 Oct 1890 19 Dec 1890 1 month 29 days
Broken Hill and Pinnacles Tramway Bill Committee No.16 03 Jun 1890 20 Dec 1890 6 months 18 days
Management of the Orange Hospital No.5 26 May 1891 02 Jun 1891 8 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
Conditional Purchase made by Anne Nash O’Brien, at Corowa Committee No.21 16 Sep 1891 15 Mar 1892 6 months
Whaling Road, North Sydney Committee No.29 21 Dec 1891 17 Mar 1892 2 months 26 days
Application for a Free Pass made by Mr Black, MP Committee No.27 17 Dec 1891 21 Mar 1892 3 months 5 days Chairman
Standing Orders Committee No.5 05 Oct 1892 18 Oct 1892 14 days
Vice Suppression Bill Committee No.11 25 Oct 1892 18 Oct 1892 0 days
Hillgrove and Armidale Water-power Electric Bill Committee No.4 05 Oct 1892 01 Nov 1892 28 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 27 Sep 1893 08 Dec 1893 2 months 12 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 17 Jan 1894 17 Jan 1894 1 day
Standing Orders Committee No.3 23 Jan 1894 05 Jun 1894 4 months 14 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.2 23 Jan 1894 11 Jun 1894 4 months 20 days
Appropriation Bill. Committee No. 15 21 Dec 1894 05 Jul 1895 6 months 15 days
Elections and Qualifications No. 5 07 Aug 1894 05 Jul 1895 10 months 29 days
Standing Orders Committee No. 2 29 Aug 1894 05 Jul 1895 10 months 7 days
Elections and Qualifications. Committee No. 5 14 Aug 1895 17 Oct 1895 2 months 4 days
North Shore Bridge Bill Committee No.13 01 Jul 1896 28 Jul 1896 28 days
City and North Sydney Railway Bill; Sydney and North Sydney Bridge and Tramway Bill. North Shore Bridge Bill Committee No.17 21 Jul 1896 21 Oct 1896 3 months 1 day North Shore Bridge Bill Committee appointed on 13 August 1896
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.6 13 May 1896 16 Nov 1896 6 months 4 days
Standing Orders Committee No.2 14 May 1896 16 Nov 1896 6 months 3 days
Standing Orders Committee No.2 28 Apr 1897 18 Aug 1897 3 months 22 days
Standing Orders Committee No. 2 28 Jun 1898 08 Jul 1898 11 days
Standing Orders. Committee No. 2 20 Aug 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 10 months 19 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No. 2 17 Aug 1898 23 Dec 1898 4 months 7 days
Standing Orders Committee No. 3 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
Standing Orders Committee No.1 21 Feb 1899 30 Mar 1899 1 month 10 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.6 11 Apr 1899 21 Apr 1899 11 days
Standing Orders Committee No.2 13 Apr 1899 21 Apr 1899 9 days
Standing Orders Committee No.4 08 Aug 1899 23 Dec 1899 4 months 16 days
Standing Orders Committee No.4 20 Jun 1900 24 Jul 1900 1 month 5 days
Racing Association Bill Committee No.23 18 Sep 1900 01 Dec 1900 2 months 14 days
Tied Houses Committee No.8 04 Sep 1901 12 Sep 1901 9 days
Claims of Robert Roberts, late bookbinder in the Registrar-General’s Office Committee No.14 20 Nov 1901 19 Dec 1901 1 month
Claims of Contractors, Mosman and Middle Harbour Sewerage Committee No.11 02 Oct 1901 20 Dec 1901 2 months 19 days
Land fronting Throsby and Cottage Creeks, sold by A.A Dangar, Esquire Committee No.12 02 Oct 1901 20 Dec 1901 2 months 19 days
Standing Orders Committee No.5 08 Aug 1901 20 Dec 1901 4 months 13 days
Lease of the Kensington Racecourse Committee No.7 17 Jun 1902 31 Jul 1902 1 month 15 days
Conditional Purchase by Mrs Anne Rouse, in the Parish of Kahibah Committee No.13 19 Aug 1902 09 Oct 1902 1 month 21 days
Proposed Government Alignment of Flood street, Leichhardt Committee No.21 28 Nov 1902 09 Dec 1902 12 days
Land fronting Throsby and Cottage Creeks, sold by A.A Dangar, Esquire Committee No.15 02 Sep 1902 20 Dec 1902 3 months 19 days
Standing Orders Committee No.4 17 Jun 1902 20 Dec 1902 6 months 4 days
Alleged Evasion of the Arbitration Act Committee No.13 04 Sep 1903 23 Sep 1903 20 days
Sydney Harbour Collieries (Limited) Bill Committee No.9 19 Aug 1903 10 Nov 1903 2 months 23 days
Standing Orders Committee No.4 01 Jul 1903 01 Dec 1903 5 months 1 day
Standing Orders Committee No.3 21 Sep 1904 09 Nov 1904 1 month 20 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.2 24 Aug 1904 01 Dec 1904 3 months 8 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 28 Jun 1905 09 Dec 1905 5 months 12 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (solicitor). Educated at St Stanislaus College, Bathurst, William Crick was articled to R.J. Ryan in Dubbo in 1881, and later to T.M. Slattery and L.F. Heydon in Sydney (1884), J.A. Cahill (1885) and H. Dawson (1886). Was admitted to practice as a solicitor in November 1886 and went on to develop a lucrative Police Court practice, and for a time was in partnership with R.D. Meagher. He was a proprietor of 'Truth' with W.N. Lewis in 1890 but left after litigation over proprietorship with John Norton (1892-1895). In 1895 he founded the Land and Industrial Alliance with E.W. O’Sullivan. William Crick was a radical and protectionist.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman of the Sydney City Council for Belmore Ward from 22 August 1904 until 30 November 1904. Member of the Works Committee 1904. Member of the Health and By-Laws Committee 1904.
Personal
Son of William Crick an English born labourer and later farmer, and his wife, Irish born Margaret Mungovan. The family moved from South Australia to New South Wales in 1868, with William Senior becoming a selector at Spicer’s Creek, near Wellington. Married Mary Catherine Kelly on 30th June 1880 in Sydney and had no issue. Separated in 1892. An owner of racehorses, a heavy gambler and drinker who was involved in many libel suits and assault charges, William Crick was expelled from Parliament for unruly behaviour in 1890 but was subsequently re-elected. In 1906 was accused by the Royal Commission on Lands Administration of accepting bribes. Charges were subsequently laid but the proceedings were dropped. Resigned from the Legislative Assembly, but was then expelled and further struck off the roll of solicitors in 1907.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB), Volume 3