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Former Member Details

Mr George Kenyon HOLDEN (1808 - 1874)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1808
Place of Birth: Worcester, England
Date of Death: 16/04/1874
Place of Death: Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 22 May 1856 10 May 1861 4 years 11 months 19 days First (Quinquennial) Appointments under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 13 May 1856.
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 03 Sep 1861 01 Jan 1863 1 year 3 months 30 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 24 June 1861
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (Solicitor). Educated at Worcester Grammar School. Met leading writers and statesman, travelled widely, Assisted with the History of England. Studied law. Admitted as a Solicitor. Arrived in New South Wales in December 1831; Private secretary to Governor Bourke until 1837; engaged in modest importing and was a stipendiary magistrate, Campbelltown, 1833 - 1837, then Crown Prosecutor, Quarter Sessions until December 1838. began practice as a solicitor, from 1843 became a partner of Chambers and McCarthy. Chief examiner of titles from 1 January 1863; Director of Liverpool and London Life and Fire Insurance Company. Secretary to Law Commissioner from 1849 - 1850. On Board of National Education 1849; Chairman of National Schools Board 1864 - 1865. President of Sydney Mechanics School of Arts; Trustee of Savings Bank of New South Wales; Active in Australasian League for the Abolition of Transportation 1851 - 1854; leading member of Constitution Committee 1853; A patrician liberal in early 1850's and a conservative in late 1850's and early 1860's.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Adam Holden, sugar refiner, and Maria Gillam. Married Eliza Prunette Mackenzie and had issue, 3 daughters and 5 sons.
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