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Former Member Details

Mr Arthur MACALISTER (1818 - 1883)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1818
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Date of Death: 23/03/1883
Place of Death: Glasgow, Scotland
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 14 Jun 1859 10 Dec 1859 5 months 27 days
Member for Ipswich 14 Jun 1859 10 Dec 1859 5 months 27 days
St Andrew’s College Bill Committee No.24 14 Oct 1859 04 Jul 1860 8 months 21 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioner for Queensland, Philadelphia International Exhibition in 1876. Chairman of Board of Education from 1862 until 1867; Founding trustee of Ipswich Grammar. Member of Caledonian and Prince of Wales Lodges. President of Caledonian Society.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (solicitor). Educated in Glasgow. Qualified as a writer to the signet. Arrived in Sydney on the 'Abbotsford' on 28 September 1839; Clerk of Petty Sessions and postmaster at Scone from 1840 until 1841. Opened a general store and became bankrupt by 1842. Admitted as a solicitor in in 1850. Commenced a practice in Ipswich. Agent general for Queensland. Freemason.
Military Service
Honours Received
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) 1875.
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Member of the Parliament of Queensland. Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Ipswich 1860 - 1858; Eastern Downs 1868 - 1871; and Ipswich 1872 - 1876. Chairman of Committees 1860 - 1861; Secretary for Lands and Public Works 1862 - 1866 and 1868 - 1869; Colonial Secretary 1866 - 1867 and 1874 - 1876; Secretary for Public Works and Goldfields 1869 - 1870; Secretary for Public Works and Mines 1874; Speaker 1870 - 1871; and Premier 1866 - 1867 and 1874 - 1876.
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of John Macalister, cabinet maker and Mary Scoular. Married Elizabeth Wallace Tassie in Edinburgh, Scotland and had issue, 9 children. Presbyterian. Nicknamed "Slippery Mac".
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5.