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Former Member Details

Mr Thomas Hobbes SCOTT, M.A. (1783 - 1860)

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Date of Birth: 24/04/1783
Place of Birth: Kelmscott, Oxford, England
Date of Death: 01/01/1860
Place of Death: Whitfield, England
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 16 Nov 1824 16 Sep 1829 4 years 10 months 1 day An Appointed Member of the first Legislative Council 1824 - 1843
Archdeacon of New South Wales 02 Oct 1824 16 Sep 1829 4 years 11 months 15 days
Member of the Executive Council 01 Jul 1825 16 Sep 1829 4 years 2 months 17 days
Political Party Activity
Tory who was unpopular with the progressives of the colony.
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Clergyman. In 1819 when his brother in law was appointed Commissioner to investigate the affairs of New South Wales, Scott was appointed as his Secretary. He returned to England and was consulted at the Colonial Office and submitted plans for chaplains and schools in the colony. Was ordained deacon in 1821, advanced to the priesthood in 1822 and was appointed rector of Whitfield, in the diocese of Durham. Accepted an appointment as archdeacon of New South Wales, including Van Diemen's Land. He was given almost complete control of ecclesiastical matters in the colony and the archdeaconry constituted a body corporate with perpetual succession. Took rank and precedence next to the lieutenant governor, and was an ex-officio member of the Legislative Council. Had concern for the pastoral welfare of the people. Scott was appointed King's visitor of schools by the Colonial Office and thus became virtually responsible for the colony's public education. Set up a school of industry for training servant girls and helped the work of the male and the female orphan schools.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of James Scott and one of eight children, and his wife Jane Elizabeth Harmood. Unmarried. Left an estate valued at less than 800 pounds and bequeathed his family bible, his gun and his specimens of art to his relations.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2 T. H. Scott Papers, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales