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Former Member Details

Mr George Farquhar LESLIE (1820 - 1860)

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Date of Birth: 19/08/1820
Place of Birth: Warthill, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Date of Death: 23/06/1860
Place of Death: England
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Sep 1851 28 Feb 1855 3 years 6 months An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the Pastoral Districts of Clarence and Darling Downs
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Qualifications, occupations and interests
Pastoralist and squatter. Emigrated to Sydney with his brother Walter in 1838, where his commonsense was immediately tested by the necessity of backing up Patrick Leslie's dramatic 1839 expedition to the Darling Downs. He was put in charge of large flocks at Dunheved, Phillip Parker King's property, which had to be brought up to Canning Downs where Patrick had established his squatter's claim. Assisted his brother Patrick with financial difficulties, taking over the management of Canning Downs, becoming in 1851 the first active member of the Legislative Council working for separation for Queensland. His health broke down and he finally returned to England in 1855, where he died childless in 1860.
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Born in 1820 and died in 1860 (the exact dates are not known). Fourth son of William Leslie, laird of Warthill and Folla in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and his wife Jane Davidson. Married Emmeline Macarthur, daughter of Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur (who was also a Member of the first Legislative Council) and had no issue. Her sister Catherine married his brother Patrick. His brother, Patrick Leslie, was a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
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