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Former Member Details

Sir Adrian KNOX (1863 - 1932)

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Date of Birth: 29/11/1863
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 27/04/1932
Place of Death: Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 17 Jul 1894 08 Jul 1898 3 years 11 months 22 days
Member for Woollahra 17 Jul 1894 05 Jul 1895 11 months 19 days
Member for Woollahra 24 Jul 1895 08 Jul 1898 2 years 11 months 15 days
Collision between the “Sol” and “Alathea” steamers Committee No.26 22 Sep 1896 11 Nov 1896 1 month 21 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
President of Australian Jockey Club 1906 - 1919.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (barrister). Educated at Waverley House, H.E Southey's School, Mittagong, then Harrow and Cambridge (LL.B). Admitted to Inner Temple; returned to Sydney in and was admitted to the Colonial Bar on 26 July 1886.; read with his brother, succeeded him in practice and became a leader at Sydney Equity Bar. By the 1900's Knox was a leader at the Bar and took silk in February 1906. Became known as an outstanding constitutional lawyer. Chief Justice of High Court of Australia 1919 - 1930. Red Cross Commissioner in Egypt during 1914 - 1918 war. Owned and raced several horses. Recreational interests include horse racing, cricket, golf, sailing and fishing on the south coast.
Military Service
Honours Received
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) 1918; Privy Councillor (PC) 2 March 1920; and Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) 1921. Kings Counsel (KC) 1906
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Sir Edward Knox, the founder of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR), and his wife Martha Rutledge. Married Florence Lawson (a descendant of the explorer William Lawson) at Christ Church, Bong Bong on 5 February 1897 and had issue, 2 daughters and 1 son. Church of England. Died of heart disease at his home at Woollahra and was cremated after a service at All Saints Church.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9. Helen Rutledge, My Grandfather's House, Doubleday, Sydney, 1986 Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Sir Adrian Knox - papers, 1818 - 1819 (MLMSS A6911)