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Former Member Details

Mr Henry Stuart RUSSELL (1818 - 1889)

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Date of Birth: 16/03/1818
Place of Birth: Halliford, Middlesex, England
Date of Death: 05/03/1889
Place of Death: Ottery St Mary, Devon, England
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Jan 1853 31 Aug 1855 2 years 8 months An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the Stanley Boroughs viz., North Brisbane, South Brisbane, and Kangaroo Point, and Ipswich
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Pastoralist; explorer; historian. Educated at Harrow and Oxford, travelled extensively in France and Italy. At age 22 migrated to Australia. In September 1940 established Eton Vale on the Darling Downs. The next year with his brother took up Cecil Plains on the Darling Downs and occupied it until 1849. In 1842 joined an exploring expedition to Wide Bay, Travelling overland discovered and named the Boyne River. Russell sold Burrandowan in 1847 to Philip Friell and his pastoral career was ended in 1849. Visited England in 1850 and returned the next year to settle in Brisbane. In 1853 he was elected to the Legislative Council and lived at Mosman Bay. In 1888 sailed for Devon.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of an East India Company officer, whose twelve years of service brought him wealth and social position. Married (1) Charlotte Pinnock in 1851 and had issue 5 sons and 2 daughters. Married (2) Selina Oakes on 5 February 1875 at St Mary's Church, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2