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Former Member Details

Mr John PANTON (1815 - 1866)

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Date of Birth: 29/10/1815
Place of Birth: North Leith, Midlothian, Scotland
Date of Death: 02/09/1866
Place of Death: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Jun 1843 20 Jun 1848 5 years 20 days An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the Counties of Cook and Westmoreland
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Businessman. Around 1840 he joined with his brother-in-law, John Betts (who had married his sister, Margaret Erskine Panton) to set up the the mercantile firm of Betts & Panton of Windsor and Sydney. He moved to Brisbane in the then Moreton Bay District of New South Wales, establishing the firm of Panton & Co. in Brisbane Street. He was a pioneer of the cotton industry in Queensland. Born a Presbyterian, he later became a member of the Church of England. He died at his house 'Clermont' in Ipswich.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Member of the Legislative Council of Queensland, 1866
Local Government Activity
Son of George Panton, Postmaster-General of New South Wales, and his wife Maria Kerr. Arrived in New South Wales aged three, with his family, on the 'General Stewart' in 1818. Married Isabella Frederica North in 1842 at Windsor and they had 5 daughters and 7 sons.
Additional Information
Obituary in 'Queensland Times', Tuesday 4 September 1866