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Former Member Details

Mr William (1) DAVIES (1824 - 1890)

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Date of Birth: 01/02/1824
Place of Birth: Manchester, England
Date of Death: 14/08/1890
Place of Death: Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 01 Nov 1877 09 Nov 1880 3 years 9 days
Member for Argyle 01 Nov 1877 09 Nov 1880 3 years 9 days Freetrade
Simon’s Estate Bill Committee No.16 27 Feb 1878 12 Mar 1878 14 days
Metropolitan Cattle Sale Yards Committee No.13 12 Feb 1878 20 Mar 1878 1 month 9 days
Inverell Free Church of Eastern Australia Land Sale Bill Committee No.20 20 Mar 1878 28 Mar 1878 9 days
Mineral Selection at Mitchell’s Creek Committee No.15 26 Feb 1878 05 Apr 1878 1 month 11 days Chairman
Josiah Pitty’s Conditional Purchase Committee No.17 12 Mar 1878 21 May 1878 2 months 10 days
Real Property Act Committee No.14 12 Feb 1878 21 May 1878 3 months 10 days
The Governor’s Opening Speech Committee No.1 10 Sep 1878 10 Sep 1878 1 day
Primitive Methodist Church Temporalities Bill Committee No.17 01 Nov 1878 14 Nov 1878 14 days
Claim of Constable Richard Peard Committee No.19 12 Nov 1878 24 Jul 1879 8 months 13 days
Josiah Pitty’s Conditional Purchase at Deniliquin Committee No.9 01 Oct 1878 24 Jul 1879 9 months 24 days
The Glebe Borough Bill Committee No.5 13 Sep 1878 24 Sep 1879 1 year 12 days
Claim of Richard Peard Committee No.16 10 Feb 1880 13 Jul 1880 5 months 4 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace; a trustee of the Mechanics Institute; a steward on the Goulburn Wesleyan circuit for many years; prominent in the Home Mission Society from its foundation in 1859 and in the local branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society; a superintendent in the main Wesleyan Sunday School and a delegate to the New South Wales, Wesleyan conference in 1874; a trustee and shareholder in the local Methodist school in the 1860's, favouring its conversion to a public school in 1868; the chairman of the board public school; a life member on the council of Newington College. Assisted in the formation of the Goulburn Volunteer fire brigade. After moving to Sydney he became a superintendent at Newington Methodist Sunday School. He was on the council of the Free Trade and Liberal Association of New South Wales from 1889 to 1890.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Bookeeper and shipping reporter. After arriving in New South Wales around 1849 became a bookeeper at Australia Stores in Goulburn, but soon moved to Melbourne where he was the shipping reporter for Argus. Then moved to Araluen for the Gold Rush in 1852. Returned to Goulburn and became a Manager of Australia Stores by 1856. Entered into a partnership with M. Alexander (q.v) and others in 1860, they soon had stores throughout the southern districts, William became the sole proprietor by 1877. In 1880 he opened new premises in Goulburn employing 70 hands. Country Entrepreneur. He joined the merchant marine and then went into commerce. Was the Director of Australia Copper Mining Company in 1873 and the first Chairman of the Goulburn Gas Company in 1879. In the 1880's he floated the Berrima Coal Mining and Railway Company and was the Chairman of the floated Goulburn Foundry and Engineering Company Limited in 1885. By 1887 became insolvent, sold the Goulburn Store and moved to Sydney as the manager of the Sydney and Provincial Building Society. His creditors were paid from his life insurance when he died.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
He was an Alderman for Goulburn from 1859 to 1887 and Mayor in 1863, 1868, 1876 - 1879 and 1883 - 1884.
Son of Thomas Davies and Anna Maria (family name unknown). Married Maria Cooper, a governess, on 11 May 1852 at Surry Hills and had issue, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Methodist.
Additional Information
There are no photographs of William Davies [1] in the Parliamentary Archives References Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4; Martin, A.W. and Wardle, P., Member of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales 1856-1901, Canberra 1959.