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Former Member Details

Mr Frank FARNELL (1862 - 1929)

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Date of Birth: 10/09/1862
Place of Birth: Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 16/07/1929
Place of Death: North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 12 Feb 1887 31 Dec 1903 16 years 10 months 20 days
Member for Central Cumberland 12 Feb 1887 19 Jan 1889 1 year 11 months 8 days
Member for Central Cumberland 09 Feb 1889 19 Sep 1889 7 months 11 days
Member for Central Cumberland 28 Sep 1889 06 Jun 1891 1 year 8 months 10 days
Member for Central Cumberland 17 Jun 1891 25 Jun 1894 3 years 9 days
Member for Ryde 17 Jul 1894 05 Jul 1895 11 months 19 days
Member for Ryde 24 Jul 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 11 months 15 days
Member for Ryde 03 Jul 1901 31 Dec 1903 2 years 5 months 29 days
Crookwell Roman Catholic Church Land Sale Bill Committee No.17 29 Apr 1887 03 May 1887 5 days
City of Goulburn Gas and Coke Company’s Amendment Bill Committee No.19 10 May 1887 18 May 1887 9 days
Pharmaceutical Society of New South Wales Incorporation Bill Committee No.8 28 Sep 1887 18 Oct 1887 21 days
Trustees of Presbyterian Cemetery at Maclean Committee No.21 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
Saint Saviour’s Glebe Land Leasing Bill Committee No.40 22 Dec 1887 01 Mar 1888 2 months 9 days
Parramatta Municipal Quarries Bill Committee No.47 01 Mar 1888 22 Mar 1888 22 days
Oakey Park Coal mining Company’s Railway Bill Committee No.42 10 Feb 1888 27 Mar 1888 1 month 18 days
Kiama Tramway Act Amendment Bill Committee No.49 01 Mar 1888 10 Apr 1888 1 month 12 days
Liverpool Church of England Grammar School Land Sale Bill Committee No.54 19 Apr 1888 25 Apr 1888 7 days
Parry’s Conditional Purchase on Currugundi and Warren South Runs Committee No.24 08 Nov 1887 31 May 1888 6 months 24 days
Sydney and Suburban Hydraulic Power Company’s Bill Committee No.57 02 May 1888 06 Jun 1888 1 month 5 days
Goulburn and Tuena Tramway Bill Committee No.58 07 Jun 1888 19 Jun 1888 13 days
Robert Munford’s Conditional Purchases, parish of Metz Committee No.39 20 Dec 1887 05 Jul 1888 6 months 16 days
Claim of Joseph Richardson against the Roads Department Committee No.12 29 Sep 1887 24 Jul 1888 9 months 26 days
Deduction from Wages of Employees for Medical Attendance Committee No.50 27 Mar 1888 24 Jul 1888 3 months 28 days
Evan McIntosh’s Conditional Purchase at Currabubula Committee No.11 29 Sep 1887 24 Jul 1888 9 months 26 days
Resumption of Edward Irby’s Land at Bluff River Committee No.27 15 Nov 1887 24 Jul 1888 8 months 10 days
Whaling Road, North Shore Committee No.44 10 Feb 1888 24 Jul 1888 5 months 15 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 23 Oct 1888 23 Oct 1888 1 day
Young Wallsend Coal Company’s Railway Bill Committee No.6 01 Nov 1888 08 Nov 1888 8 days
Windsor Gas-light Company (Limited) Act Amendment Bill Committee No.12 06 Dec 1888 07 Dec 1888 2 days
Conditional Purchase of Evan McIntosh, Currabubula Committee No.10 29 Nov 1888 16 Jan 1889 1 month 19 days
Refreshment Committee No.4 24 Oct 1888 27 Jan 1889 3 months 4 days
Toronto Tramway Bill Committee No.7 04 Apr 1889 11 Apr 1889 8 days
Silkstone Coal-mine Railway Bill Committee No.10 17 Apr 1889 30 Apr 1889 14 days
Working of the Fisheries Act Committee No.13 21 May 1889 05 Jun 1889 16 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 Chairman
Municipalities of Ryde and Hunter’s Hill Bill Committee No.18 28 Jun 1889 03 Jul 1889 6 days
Selections by John Harrison, of Lismore Committee No.25 19 Jul 1889 23 Jul 1889 5 days
Conditional Purchase of Zachary Benn, Richmond River District Committee No.26 19 Jul 1889 30 Jul 1889 12 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
Refreshment Committee No.6 03 Apr 1889 10 Oct 1889 6 months 8 days
Refreshment Committee No.5 27 Nov 1889 21 Dec 1889 25 days
Toronto Tramway Act Amendment Bill Committee No.11 01 May 1890 06 May 1890 6 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
Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition Committee No.36 07 Oct 1890 12 Dec 1890 2 months 6 days
Conveyance of Mails to and from General Post Office, Sydney Committee No.43 18 Nov 1890 19 Dec 1890 1 month 2 days
Conditional Purchase made by Maurice Bush, District Urana Committee No.46 16 Dec 1890 20 Dec 1890 5 days
Conditional Purchases of J.Smith, JMD Sullivan, and A.Campbell, Land District of Lismore Committee No.28 26 Aug 1890 20 Dec 1890 3 months 25 days
Forfeited Selection of J.J Ray Committee No.44 02 Dec 1890 20 Dec 1890 19 days
Refreshment Committee No.5 30 Apr 1890 20 Dec 1890 7 months 21 days
Blayney Municipal Council Enabling Bill Committee No.37 16 Oct 1890 22 Dec 1890 2 months 7 days
Refreshment Committee No.4 26 May 1891 02 Jun 1891 8 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 15 Jul 1891 15 Jul 1891 1 day
Mort’s Dock and Engineering Company (Limited) Enabling Bill Committee No.11 11 Aug 1891 25 Aug 1891 15 days
Sydney Electric Lighting Bill Committee No.7 04 Aug 1891 26 Aug 1891 23 days
Yongaleatha Marble, Flag and Flux Company Bill Committee No.17 01 Sep 1891 03 Sep 1891 3 days
Casino School of Arts Enabling Bill Committee No.9 05 Aug 1891 17 Sep 1891 1 month 13 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
Simpson’s Railway Bill Committee No.19 08 Sep 1891 24 Nov 1891 2 months 17 days
Conditional Purchases of Neil Gallagher, Orange Committee No.20 15 Sep 1891 25 Nov 1891 2 months 11 days
Watkins Wallis Trust Estate Bill Committee No.26 15 Dec 1891 22 Dec 1891 8 days
Conditional Purchase by James Young, at Gosford Committee No.30 21 Dec 1891 04 Feb 1892 1 month 15 days
Case of Patrick Brown Committee No.31 21 Dec 1891 11 Feb 1892 1 month 22 days
Refreshment Committee No.4 28 Jul 1891 01 Apr 1892 8 months 5 days
Refreshment Committee No.7 05 Oct 1892 18 Oct 1892 14 days
Menindie and Broken Hill Tramway Bill Committee.10 18 Oct 1892 10 Nov 1892 24 days
Vice Suppression Bill Committee No.11 25 Oct 1892 18 Nov 1892 25 days
Scottish Australian Mining Company (Limited) Railway Bill Committee No.8 11 Oct 1892 23 Nov 1892 1 month 13 days
Raymond Terrace Mechanics School of Arts Sale Bill Committee No.14 16 Nov 1892 29 Nov 1892 14 days
Simpson’s Railway Bill Committee No.12 16 Nov 1892 21 Dec 1892 1 month 6 days
Picturesque Atlas Company Committee No.18 24 Jan 1893 16 May 1893 3 months 23 days Chairman
Case of John Deniff Committee No.27 07 Jun 1893 13 Jun 1893 7 days
Silkstone Coal-mine Railway Act Amending Bill Committee No.10 15 Nov 1893 21 Nov 1893 7 days
Corowa School of Arts Enabling Bill Committee No.9 24 Oct 1893 08 Dec 1893 1 month 15 days
Refreshment Committee No.5 27 Sep 1893 08 Dec 1893 2 months 12 days
Bankruptcy Act Amendment Bill Committee No.7 25 Jan 1894 05 Jun 1894 4 months 12 days
Refreshment Committee No.5 23 Jan 1894 11 Jun 1894 4 months 20 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 28 Aug 1894 28 Aug 1894 1 day
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
Nepean Cottage Hospital Bill. Committee No. 8 13 Nov 1894 05 Jul 1895 7 months 23 days
Presbyterian Church Property Management Amendment Bill. Committee No. 10 22 Nov 1894 05 Jul 1895 7 months 14 days
Refreshment Committee No. 4 29 Aug 1894 05 Jul 1895 10 months 7 days
Selection made by James Connolly, at Tamworth. Committee No 6 04 Sep 1894 05 Jul 1895 10 months 2 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
Capertee Tramway Bill Committee No.10 26 Sep 1895 17 Oct 1895 22 days Chairman
Illawarra Harbour and Land Corporation Act Amendment Bill Committee No.12 09 Oct 1895 22 Oct 1895 14 days
Wellington Show Ground Hill Committee No.15 12 Nov 1895 03 Dec 1895 22 days
City Mutual Life Assurance Company’s (Limited) Enabling Bill Committee No.7 26 May 1896 16 Jun 1896 22 days Chairman
Selection made by James Connelly, at Tamworth Committee No.35 20 Oct 1896 11 Nov 1896 23 days
Refreshment Committee No.4 14 May 1896 16 Nov 1896 6 months 3 days
Holt’s Wingello Estate Bill. Committee No. 6 12 Sep 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 9 months 27 days
Refreshment. Committee No. 4 20 Aug 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 10 months 19 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.2 24 Jul 1901 10 Oct 1901 2 months 17 days
Refreshment Committee No.6 08 Aug 1901 20 Dec 1901 4 months 13 days Chairman
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.2 29 May 1902 29 May 1902 1 day
Refreshment Committee No.5 17 Jun 1902 20 Dec 1902 6 months 4 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.2 17 Jun 1903 01 Dec 1903 5 months 15 days
Refreshment Committee No.6 01 Jul 1903 01 Dec 1903 5 months 1 day
Political Party Activity
Appointed as Whip in Parkes in 1890 Ministry and 1894 Reid Ministry; opposed to preselection; stood as an Independent, Liberal in 1913, 1916, Progressive in 1920, declined appointment to the Legislative Council in 1917. Father was a Member of the Legislative Assembly from 1860 until 1888, Premier from 1877 until 1878; cousin of John Lucas (q.v).
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1887. Member of 32 Committees of Inquiry from 1887 until 1897. Commissioner of International Exhibitions in Melbourne 1888, Chicago 1891, Commissioner of Fisheries 1895 - 1904. Chairman of Fisheries Board 1903 - 1910. Honorary visiting Magistrate Lord Howe Island c.1900 - 1913. On Intelligence and Tourist Board 1904 - 1910. Trustee of National Park from 1888, Chairman from 1907 - 1929. President of the Sailors and Soldiers' Fathers Association. Captain of St George Rifles 1896. Member of the Proportional Representational Association. Member of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Public servant. Educated at Newington College. At 16 became a clerk for William Wolfen & Co, commercial merchants. Joined railway department as a clerk in 1880. Entered business with tea, wine and spirits firm and became a bankrupt in 1889 (discharged 1891) and 1899 (discharged). Recreational interests included swimming and cricketing.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of James Squire, landowner, and Margaret O'Donnell. Married Amy Cox on 12 August 1889 in Sydney and had issue, 2 sons. Church of England. Burial at Rookwood crematorium.
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