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Former Member Details

Mr William LAIDLEY (1828 - 1897)

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Date of Birth: 28/09/1828
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 14/02/1897
Place of Death: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 27 Feb 1889 14 Feb 1897 7 years 11 months 19 days Life Appointment under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 22 February 1889
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Merchant, shipping agent and colliery proprieter. In 1851 held a position with the Commercial Bank. Later founded W.Laidley & Co., shipping and general agents and became a squatter on the Darling Downs. Engaged in mercantile pursuits and was a proprieter of Wallsend Co-operative Coal Company. Chairman of Commercial Union Assurance Company. Member of Board of Bank of New South Wales. Introduced the first direct steamship service from San Francisco to New South Wales. Active in charitable institutions. Recreational interests include rowing.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of James Laidley, Deputy Commissary General and Eliza Jane Shephard. Married Jane Atkinson on 18 April 1853 in Tasmania and had issue, 2 daughters and 3 sons. Church of England.
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