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Former Member Details

Mr Hastings ELWIN (1776 - 1852)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1776
Place of Birth: England
Date of Death: 31/08/1852
Place of Death: Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 17 Jul 1843 24 Jul 1844 1 year 8 days A Non-Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 – 1856
Chairman of Committees 17 Jul 1843 24 Jul 1844 1 year 8 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (barrister). Claimed descent from Edward I. Was Lord of the Manor of Booton in Norfolk and moved in aristocratic circles. The Marquis of Lansdowne was a friend and probably a patron. Through Lord Burghersh he procured works of art from Italy for Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution and was a founding member of the Institution in England in 1824 and remained a Trustee until 1838. The Irish poet Thomas Moore often stayed with him in St James' Square, Bath. Both men were members of the Anacreontic Society on 12 December 1825, a literary dining club that met at York House Hotel, Bath, as was Elwin's brother-in-law, Admiral Lord James O'Brien. Admitted as a Barrister to the Middle Temple; Appointed as Advocate General of Antigua; established the Provident Institution (savings bank for the poor) in Bath in 1815 and became a director in 1819; and director of the Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. Resided on Isle of Wight and then in London. Appointed as Arbitration Commissioner in the Slave Compensation Office. Became a resident at Church Hill. Probate of estate was granted on 28 January 1853.
Military Service
Aide de Camp to Antigua's Commissioner Lane. Deputy Naval Officer.
Honours Received
Commissioned as a King's Counsel (KC)
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
The exact date of his birth and the exact date of his death are unknown; years are known to be correct. Son of Hastings Elwin (senior) and Elizabeth Diana Woolhead. Married (1) Margaret Matilda Ottley in 1803 in Antigua, and had no issue. (died 1 April 1826). Married (2) Mary Anne Cole in 1829 (died 8 November 1872).
Additional Information
The National Library of Australia holds a map, "Plan of the property of the late Hastings Elwin Esqr, situate in the Town of St Leonards North Shore", c. 1840 - 1849, from the Ferguson Collection, Map F 685 (