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Former Member Details

Mr John KINCHELA, LL.D (1774 - 1845)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1774
Place of Birth: Kilkenny, Ireland
Date of Death: 21/07/1845
Place of Death: Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 20 Sep 1831 19 Apr 1836 4 years 7 months An Appointed Member of the first Legislative Council 1824 - 1843
Attorney-General 25 Jun 1831 18 Apr 1836 4 years 9 months 25 days Seat vacated by virtue of appointment as acting Assistant Judge of the Supreme Court, 19 April 1836.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Attorney-General; judge. Educated Dr John Ellisons's Kilkenny College, matriculated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1796; LLB., LLD in 1808). In 1798 was called to the Irish Bar, practised in Dublin and in 1808 was admitted as an advocate in the 'Court of Prerogative and all other Ecclesiastical Courts'. By 1814 he had moved to Kilkenny and served in the Equity Courts and as county recorder. In 1825-25 was in the West Indies as a Commissioner of Inqury into the state of the captured negroes. On his return he moved to London. Mortgaged much property by 1827. Afflicted by debt and increasing deafness he was recommended to the Colonial Office as an experienced lawyer and settler and took on the office of Attorney General in New South Wales. Arrived in Sydney in June 1831. In April 1836 was appointed acting puisne judge in the Supreme Court. In september 1837 Kinchela was retired from the bench and appointed deputy commissary in the Vice Admiralty Court. In November 1840 he became a Master of Equity but was obliged to retire on grounds of ill health a year later.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Alderman in 1817 and Mayor in 1819 of Kilkenny Ireland.
Second son of John Kinchela, merchant and bleacher, and his wife Rosina. Married (1) on 4 April 1796 to Elizabeth Thornton in Dublin and had issue, 2 daughters and 1 son. Widowered. Married (2) Anne Bourne on 19 February 1807 and had issue, 2 daughters and 1 son.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2.