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Former Member Details

Major William Drummond MERCER (1796 - 1871)

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Date of Birth: 16/10/1796
Place of Birth: Benares, Bengal
Date of Death: 18/08/1871
Place of Death: Scotland
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Jun 1850 30 Jun 1851 1 year 1 month An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District of Port Phillip
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Landowner and pastoralist. Reached Hobart Town from Calcutta in March 1838, having retired from the Bengal Native Infantry and 16th Lancers respectively. Held the Warrambeen station 1842 - 1846, and Kanawalla in partnership from 1850 until 1851. Sailed for Britain in 1841, but upon return in 1846 was still remembered as the 'Father of Separation'. Before 1852 he was in South America on his way to Scotland.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Born around 1796 (the exact dates of his birth and death are not known). Married Anne Elliott in June 1853 and settled in Perthshire, as Mercer of Huntingtower.
Additional Information
Australiann Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2