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Former Member Details

Mr James (1) (senior) NORTON (1795 - 1862)

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Date of Birth: 27/07/1795
Place of Birth: Ore Place, Hastings, Sussex, England
Date of Death: 31/08/1862
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 24 Sep 1856 13 May 1861 4 years 7 months 20 days First (Quinquennial) Appointments under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 16 September 1856.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (solicitor). Family were landed gentry in Sussex, but father did not inherit. Trained as a lawyer and was admitted as a solicitor. Arrived in Sydney under the patronage of Lord Guildford. Family was given a large grant in the Mulgoa district, and James also granted 950 acres which were later farmed. Legal practice flourished; took William Barker into partnership in 1826; frequently was counsel for Crown. Took son into partnership after he qualified as a solicitor in 1848. Shareholder in Australian Agricultural Company; director of Bank of Australia from 1826 until 1843; director of Bank of New South Wales from 1823 until 1826. Registrar of Church of England archdeaconry and diocese of Sydney for 30 years from 1825. Leading member of Anti-transportation League, associating with Charles Cowper, John Fairfax and Charles Campbell. Purchased Elswick, 100 acre property on Parramatta Road in 1834; built house and garden there. Author.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of John and Mary Bradford. Married (1) Jane Mackenzie on 10 January 1824 and had issue, 8 sons and 2 daughters. Married (2) Marian Backhouse of Ipswich, England and had issue, 2 daughters and 3 sons. Church of England.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: 1. Norton Smith & Co. - records, 1836 - 1952 (MLMSS A5315, D15-D16, D47, D54-D56) 2. James Norton - papers, 1812 - 1873 (A5328), 3. Mackenzie and Norton families - papers, ca. 1769 - 1902 (MLMSS 1389).