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Former Member Details

Mr Samuel William GRAY (1823 - 1889)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1823
Place of Birth: Armagh, County Armagh, North Ireland
Date of Death: 19/04/1889
Place of Death: Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 16 Jun 1859 07 Oct 1885 26 years 3 months 22 days
Member for Kiama 16 Jun 1859 10 Nov 1860 1 year 4 months 26 days
Member for Kiama 11 Dec 1860 02 Apr 1864 3 years 3 months 23 days
Member for Illawarra 28 Dec 1874 12 Oct 1877 2 years 9 months 15 days
Member for Illawarra 29 Oct 1877 22 Jun 1880 2 years 7 months 25 days
Member for Richmond 09 Dec 1882 07 Oct 1885 2 years 9 months 29 days
Governor General’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 31 Aug 1859 31 Aug 1859 1 day
Petition of Mr William Sutherland Committee No.20 07 Oct 1859 04 Jul 1860 8 months 28 days
Retrenchment in the Public Expenditure Committee No.7 14 Sep 1859 04 Jul 1860 9 months 21 days
Sydney Insurance Company’s Act Amendment Bill Committee No.33 04 Feb 1860 04 Jul 1860 5 months 1 day
Present System of Tendering for the Public Service Committee No.11 16 Oct 1860 09 Nov 1860 25 days
Light-house, near Jervis Bay Committee No.19 12 Feb 1861 11 May 1861 3 months
Present System of Tendering for the Public Service Committee No.10 29 Jan 1861 11 May 1861 3 months 13 days
Privilege Committee No.29 04 Apr 1861 11 May 1861 1 month 8 days
Dr F.Beer Committee No.15 22 Oct 1861 20 Jan 1862 2 months 30 days
Mr A.E Bush Committee No.13 08 Oct 1861 20 Jan 1862 3 months 13 days
Mr Francis Flanagan Committee No.21 10 Dec 1861 20 Jan 1862 1 month 11 days
Railway Obstruction to Gaol and Court House Reserve in the Town of Maitland Committee No.16 25 Oct 1861 20 Jan 1862 2 months 27 days
Richmond Bridge Company’s Act Amendment Bill Committee No.11 01 Oct 1861 20 Jan 1862 3 months 21 days
Elections and Qualifications Committee No.6 10 Jun 1862 02 Sep 1862 2 months 24 days
Mr Francis Flanagan Committee No.20 05 Aug 1862 04 Nov 1862 3 months
United Fire and Life Insurance Company’s Incorporation Bill Committee No.41 24 Oct 1862 04 Nov 1862 12 days
Presbyterian College Bill Committee No.25 12 Aug 1862 18 Nov 1862 3 months 7 days
Railway through Ultimo Estate No.44 02 Dec 1862 20 Dec 1862 19 days
Sydney Water Reserves Committee No.40 21 Oct 1862 20 Dec 1862 2 months
Parnell’s Trust Bill Committee No.19 11 Sep 1863 25 Sep 1863 15 days
Presbyterian College Bill Committee No.15 04 Sep 1863 06 Oct 1863 1 month 3 days
Working of the Gold Fields Act Committee No.26 29 Sep 1863 09 Mar 1864 5 months 10 days
Disorganized State of the Public Works Department Committee No.28 06 Oct 1863 07 Apr 1864 6 months 2 days
Mortgage on the property of the Scots Church, Sydney – Claims of Dr Lang Committee No.23 15 Sep 1863 22 Apr 1864 7 months 8 days
Railway through Ultimo Estate 15 Sep 1863 19 Sep 1864 1 year 5 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 28 Jan 1875 28 Jan 1875 1 day
Petition of Mr Stephen Stanbridge Committee No.17 30 Jun 1875 28 Jul 1875 29 days
Petition of Amos Davis Committee No.13 07 May 1875 10 Aug 1875 3 months 4 days
Standing Orders Committee No.4 31 Mar 1875 11 Aug 1875 4 months 12 days
North Shore Gas Bill Committee No.5 19 Nov 1875 08 Dec 1875 20 days
Petition of Wilson and Cawley Committee No.21 11 Apr 1876 19 Jul 1876 3 months 9 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 18 Nov 1875 22 Aug 1876 9 months 5 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 12 Dec 1876 12 Dec 1876 1 day
Condition of the Aborigines Committee No.7 19 Dec 1876 11 Oct 1877 9 months 23 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 14 Dec 1876 11 Oct 1877 9 months 28 days
Mineral Selection at Mitchell’s Creek Committee No.15 26 Feb 1878 05 Apr 1878 1 month 11 days
Standing Orders Committee No.5 30 Jan 1878 21 May 1878 3 months 22 days
Petition of Mr E.W Rudder Committee No.18 12 Nov 1878 24 Jul 1879 8 months 13 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 11 Sep 1878 24 Jul 1879 10 months 14 days
Sydney City and Suburban Tramway and Omnibus Company’s Bill Committee No.14 16 Dec 1879 26 Feb 1880 2 months 11 days
Sites for New Hospitals Committee No.15 10 Feb 1880 13 Jul 1880 5 months 4 days
Standing Orders Committee No.3 29 Oct 1879 13 Jul 1880 8 months 15 days
Kiama Tramway Bill Committee No.5 23 Jan 1883 23 Feb 1883 1 month 1 day
Heley’s Estate Bill Committee No.14 07 Mar 1883 16 Mar 1883 10 days
Wollongong Gas-light Company’s Bill Committee No.19 04 Apr 1883 18 Apr 1883 15 days
Hutchinson’s Estate Bill Committee No.11 25 Oct 1883 16 Nov 1883 23 days
Grafton Lighting Company’s Bill Committee No.24 13 Dec 1883 08 Feb 1884 1 month 27 days
Medical Bill Committee No.52 13 Jun 1884 01 Nov 1884 4 months 20 days
Road through Mr Polson’s property, Manning River Committee No.53 11 Jul 1884 01 Nov 1884 3 months 22 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Farmer and grazier. Arrived in New South Wales in c.1835. His father purchased 1280 acres, known as 'Omega Retreat', between Kiama and Gerringong and became a farmer and grazier. Educated at the Normal Institution, Hyde Park, Sydney. Went to sea in 1849 and to Bendigo during the gold rushes. Returned to Kiama and settled down as a farmer and grazier at Bendella. Leased 3,950 acres in the Camden District in 1860. In the early 1860's took up land on the Tweed River where a large block was cleared and improved. Later returned to family properties near Kiama. Acquired business interests in Sydney and lived there until his death.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of James Mackey Gray and Sarah Anna Burton. Married Mary Bray on 14 March 1862 at Campbelltown and had issue, 5 daughters and 2 sons. Church of England. Buried in the Gerringong Cemetery.
Additional Information
Personal papers in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: Samuel William Gray - papers, 1824 - 1901 (A5355)