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Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth SNODGRASS, C.B. (1784 - 1853)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1784
Place of Birth: Paisley, Scotland
Date of Death: 14/10/1853
Place of Death: Raymond Terrace, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 19 Nov 1833 06 Dec 1838 5 years 18 days An Appointed Member of the first Legislative Council 1824 - 1843
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Jul 1848 30 Sep 1850 2 years 3 months An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the Counties of Gloucester, Macquarie and Stanley.
Acting Governor of New South Wales 06 Dec 1837 24 Feb 1838 2 months 19 days Also Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (later called Tasmania) 28 October 1836 to 8 January 1837.
Member of Executive Council 26 Jul 1832 06 Dec 1838 6 years 4 months 11 days
Senior Officer Commanding H.M. Land Forces 19 Nov 1833 06 Dec 1838 5 years 18 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Soldier and Administrator.
Military Service
Became an Ensign in the 90th regiment in 1802 and lieutenant in 52nd in in August 1804. In 1806 he accompanied the regiment to Sicily and two years later to Sweden. Was promoted to Captain on 20 October 1808 and from 1809 until 1814 fought in the Peninsular War, entering the Portuguese army in which he was appointed a Major in November 1812. he commanded a corps of 400 grenadiers at the battle of Vittoria. Suffered a severe head wound in the battle of Orthes in February 1814. He received decorations for his part in five major actions and was appointed C.B in 1815. On 21 June 1817 he was promoted as lieutenant-colonel; he remained in the Portuguese Army until 1822.
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of a Presbyterian Minister. Married Janet Wright in Scotland in 1814 and had issue, six children.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2