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Former Member Details

Mr Benjamin BOYD (1803 - 1851)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1803
Place of Birth: London, England
Date of Death: 15/10/1851
Place of Death: Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Sep 1844 01 Aug 1845 11 months 1 day An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District of Port Phillip
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
In 1844 was commissioned as president of the Pastoralists' Association.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Entrepreneur. By 1824 was a stockbroker in London where he also had an interest in the St Georges Steam Packet Company. Formed in November 1841 the Australian Wool Company. Arrived in Port Jackson on 15 June 1842. By May 1844 he had become one of the largest landholders and graziers of the colony. Had financial difficulties and became bankrupt and decided to try his luck on the Californian Goldfields. Was purportedly murdered by natives in the Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Born around 1803 (the exact date is unknown). Second son of Edward Boyd, a London merchant of Merton Hall, Wigtownshire, Scotland, and his wife Janet Yule, daughter of Benjamin Yule of Wheatfield, Midlothian, Scotland. Unmarried.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1