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Former Member Details

Mr David JONES (1793 - 1873)

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Date of Birth: 08/03/1793
Place of Birth: Wales
Date of Death: 29/03/1873
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 22 May 1856 29 Mar 1860 3 years 10 months 8 days First (Quinquennial) Appointments under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 20 May 1856.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Merchant. Apprenticed to grocer at 15. At age 18 managed general store in Eglwyswrw; Pembrokeshire. Travelled to London c.1814, working with several firms. Entered partnership with Charles Appleton. Australian based businessman. Went to Tasmania in 1834 and to New South Wales in 1835, where managed a mercantile firm Appleton & Jones; partnership dissolved in 1838. Founded David Jones Limited and prospered, retired from active management in 1856. Retired in 1868. Invested in banks, steamship, insurance, building and other companies. Director of Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Foundation Director of Australian Mutual Provident Society in 1848. Trustee and Chairman of Metropolitan and Counties Permanent and Investment and Building Society in 1851. In 1857 had 3 squatting runs in Wide Bay and Burnett Districts. Gave 1000 guineas to Crimean War Victims Fund. Deacon of Congregationalist Church, Sydney. A founder of Camden College. On Committees of New South Wales auxilliary to British and Foreign Bible Society and Australian Religious Tract Society. Visited England and Wales in 1849.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Foundation Alderman of the Sydney City Council for Cook Ward, 1 November 1842 - 31 October 1844.
Son of Thomas, farmer, and Nancy Jones. Married (1) Catherine Jones in 1813. Married (2) Jane Hall Mander in 1828 at London and had issue, 4 daughters and 4 sons. Congregationalist.
Additional Information
Biography and portrait in ‘Australian Men of Mark’, Volume 1. Sydney, [?1889] , page 325