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Former Member Details

Mr John FRAZER (1827 - 1884)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1827
Place of Birth: Dromore, County Down, Ireland
Date of Death: 25/10/1884
Place of Death: Edgecliff, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 03 Nov 1874 25 Oct 1884 9 years 11 months 23 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 14 July 1874.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 1875. Served on numerous charitable committees including Sydney Female Refuge, Benevolent Asylum, Sydney City Mission. Noted philanthropist.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Grocer and wholesaler. Arrived in Sydney as a Bounty immigrant on 23 January 1842. Worked in squatting districts then as a clerk in Sydney. Opened wholesale grocery business in 1847. Entered into a partnership with his brother-in-law from 1859 - 1868. From mid 1860's speculated in land. By 1871 had 4 runs and was a partner in 18 others. Director of Australian Joint Stock Bank. Mutual Life Association of Australasia. Sydney Exchange Company. Commercial Banking Company of Australia. Australian Gaslight Company. Member of Royal Society of New South Wales. Elder of Presbyterian Church. Interests include literature, history and philosophy.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of John Frazer and Sarah Waddell. Married Elizabeth Ewan in 1853 and had issue, 2 daughters and 2 sons. Presbyterian.
Additional Information
Biography and portrait in ‘Australian Men of Mark’, Volume 1. Sydney, [?1889] , page 72