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Former Member Details

Major-General James William MACARTHUR-ONSLOW (1867 - 1946)

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Date of Birth: 07/11/1867
Place of Birth: Camden Park, near Menangle, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 17/11/1946
Place of Death: Camden Park, near Menangle, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 10 Sep 1907 17 Feb 1922 14 years 5 months 8 days
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 04 Jul 1922 22 Apr 1934 11 years 9 months 19 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 3 July 1922
Member for Waverley 10 Sep 1907 14 Sep 1910 3 years 5 days
Member for Waverley 14 Oct 1910 06 Nov 1913 3 years 24 days
Member for Bondi 06 Dec 1913 21 Feb 1917 3 years 2 months 16 days
Member for Bondi 03 Mar 1917 18 Feb 1920 2 years 11 months 16 days
Member for Eastern Suburbs 20 Mar 1920 17 Feb 1922 1 year 10 months 29 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 10 Mar 1908 10 Mar 1908 1 day
Prevalence of Venereal Diseases Committee No. 8 07 Jul 1915 13 Apr 1916 9 months 7 days
Political Party Activity
Elected in 1907 as an Independent, Liberal, Liberal National, Progressive in 1920
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1908
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Soldier and landowner. Educated at Sydney Grammar and Trinity College., Cambridge, BA, LLB in 1890; shareholder with mother and other member of family in Camden Park Estate Company; formed in 1899, owning considerable property, Camden, Rose Bay, Sydney, Armidale, Goulburn, Singleton, interest in Camden Vale Milk Company; held directorships including Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited, Colonial Sugar Refinery Company Limited, and Sydney Board of Commercial Union Assurance Company Limited; aide-de-camp to Governor General in 1902; inherited considerable property from the Macleay estate in Elizabeth Bay; director of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from 1909 until 1929; member of Union and Australia clubs; licensed lay reader in 1902.
Military Service
Commanded Camden Squadron in New South Wales Mounted Rifles in 1892; served with Imperial Army in India from 1894 until 1895, active service in Chitral campaign; in South African war on staff of Major General Sir Edward Hutton, commanded 5th Battalion in Australian Commonwealth Horse in 1902, lieutenant colonel, Volunteer Officers' Decoration, mentioned in despatches; joined Australian Infantry Forces, colonel in command of transport from 1915 until 1917; retired with rank of Major General in 1924
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Arthur Alexander Walton Onslow, Captain of Royal Navy and Elizabeth Macarthur. Married Enid Emma Macarthur on 15 December 1897 and had issue, 2 daughters and 1 son. Church of England. Funeral at Camden Park from St John's Church of England in Camden.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: 1. James William Macarthur-Onslow family - papers, 1826 - 1922 (A5377); photographs in the PICMAN Database. 2. James William Macarthur-Onslow family papers, 1831 - 1950 (A5378); photogrpahs in the PICMAN Database.