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Former Member Details

Mr Charles THROSBY (1777 - 1828)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1777
Place of Birth: Glenfield, near Leicester, England
Date of Death: 02/04/1828
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 17 Jul 1825 02 Apr 1828 2 years 8 months 17 days An Appointed Member of the first Legislative Council 1824 - 1843
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Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Medical practitioner; surgeon; explorer; pioneer settler. Joined the army as a surgeon and served in the armed transports from 1797 until the peace. In June 1802 he arrived in New South Wales as a naval surgeon. Later was appointed as a medical officer and magistrate at Castle Hill. In January 1804 he was moved to Sydney. Applied for a permanent position in the medical service of the colony and was sent to Newcastle as assistant surgeon. Resigned his services and was granted 500 acres of land at Cabramatta for his services at Newcastle and later 600 acres at Minto. Later undertook explorations in the Moss Vale district and to Bathurst and country around Goulburn. Ran into debt and experienced ten years of litigation which led to ill health, as well as the worry of drought and falling prices for wool, ended with him taking his own life.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Younger son of John Throsby, historian and antiquarian. Married Jane (surname unknown), and had no issue. He committed suicide in April 1828 and is buried in Liverpool cemetery. His nephew Charles Throsby junior was his heir.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2