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Former Member Details

Mr Henry MORT (1818 - 1900)

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Date of Birth: 23/12/1818
Place of Birth: Willowfield near Bolton, Lancashire, England
Date of Death: 06/09/1900
Place of Death: Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 21 Jun 1859 10 Nov 1860 1 year 4 months 21 days
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 22 Aug 1882 06 Sep 1900 18 years 16 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 29 December 1881
Member for West Morton 21 Jun 1859 10 Dec 1859 5 months 20 days
Member for West Macquarie 02 Dec 1859 10 Nov 1860 11 months 9 days
Penrith Nepean Bridge Re-construction Bill Committee No.43 07 Jun 1860 04 Jul 1860 28 days
Petition of Mr James Boyle Committee No.17 06 Nov 1860 09 Nov 1860 4 days
West Maitland Church Land Sale Bill Committee No.16 25 Oct 1860 09 Nov 1860 16 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Auctioneer, commercial agent and pastoralist. Educated in Manchester. Travelled to Sydney with his brother, T. S. Mort, in 1840. Went to Moreton Bay and returned to Sydney. Entered Mort & Co., auctioneers and woolbrokers; formed in 1855 to take over the business. Retained pastoral interests and in 1859 held pastoral interests in the Darling Downs. Was a freeholder of land. Director of Fresh Food and Ice Company. Mercantile Bank of Sydney. Illawarra Steam Navigation Company.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Jonathan Mort and Mary Sutcliffe. Married (1) Maria Laidley, daughter of James Laidley, deputy-commissary-general, on 6 May 1846 at Sydney and had issue. Married (2) Emma Louisa Laverock Traill c.1877 - 1878 at Woollahra. Church of England. His first wife's brother was William Laidley, also a Member of the Legislative Assembly; another Laidley sister married his brother, T. S. Mort.
Additional Information
Biography and portrait in ‘Australian Men of Mark’, Volume 1. Sydney, [?1889] , page 63