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Former Member Details

Sir Edward Owen COX, G.B.E (1866 - 1932)

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Date of Birth: 21/01/1866
Place of Birth: Larne, Wales
Date of Death: 30/07/1932
Place of Death: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 26 Jul 1922 17 Jun 1930 7 years 10 months 23 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 3 July 1922.
Political Party Activity
Nationalist Party. Chairman of the New South Wales Consultative Committee 1918 - 1929.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Businessman. Educated at Christ's Hospital in London. At age fourteen became a midshipman in a sailing ship to New Zealand. Joined New Zealand branch of Bank of Australasia in 1880, later entered the produce business handling frozen meat; returned to England in 1893; arrived in Sydney in 1898 as Australian chairman of Birt and Company Limited, merchants and shipowners, which position he retained until 1929; also chairman of Australasian management committee of Federated and Shires Lines, and Australian director of Federated Steam Navigation Company Limited of London; director of Bellambi Coal Company Limited and British Australian Cotton Association Limited (1926); during 1914 until 1918 was a war deputy controller of overseas shipping, member of Commonwealth Shipping Board and chairman of Overseas Central Committee which allocated tonnage; chairman of Overseas Shipping Representatives Association of Australia and of United Kingdoms Australian Frozen Meat Shipping Committee; president of Rejected Volunteers Association of New South Wales, New Zealand Soldiers' Reception Society of Sydney, and New South Wales Justices' Association; member of executive of New South Wales Red Cross and New South Wales Soldiers' Amelioration committee; vice president of Millions Club in 1918; fellow of Royal Geographical Society of New South Wales.
Military Service
Honours Received
Knight of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1918; Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in 1920.
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of George Hugh Augustus Cox, Royal Navy, and Elizabeth Owen. Married Penelope Elinor Mary Johnston on 12 December 1888 at Christchurch, New Zealand and had issue, 1 daughter. Lived in Monte Carlo in later life.
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